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How to Back Up Hyper-V Virtual Machines in MSP360 Managed Backup Service

In this guide, we will overview the backup of Hyper-V virtual machines with MSP360 Managed Backup Service, both with the web console and the backup agent.

Creating a Backup Plan with the MSP360 Web Console

Please note: you can back up machines from local Hyper-V only. The solution works with Windows Server 2008 and above. Also, you can enable the Hyper-V role on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education.

Go to the Remote Management tab and find the computer with your Hyper-V. Note that the product version should be Virtual Machine Edition.

Hyper-V Backup: Checking Version

Click the gear icon and then Show Plans.

Hyper-V Backup: Getting a Plan List

Hit the plus button and select Hyper-V in the Backup section.

Hyper-V Backup: Choosing Hyper-V

Now it’s time to specify the settings of your plan.

Name the plan and select the option to copy the plan configuration to the storage if needed.

Hyper-V Backup: Naming the Plan

Choose the type of backup and the storage.

Hyper-V Backup: Storage

Define what machines to back up: all, only running, or specific ones. If you need a particular machine, type its name in the window below.

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Hyper-V Backup: Choosing Machines

Specify compression and encryption. For encryption, set up an algorithm and password. Change storage class if necessary.

Hyper-V Backup: Compression and Encryption

Retention Policy determines how many copies of your machine to store. You can delete “old” versions and set up how many copies to keep.

Hyper-V Backup: Retention Policy

Specify the backup plan schedule. You can run it once manually or at an exact time – or set up recurring backups. To enable this option, scroll down a bit and switch on the Recurring option in the Incremental Backup section. Set up the schedule.

Hyper-V Backup: Schedule Options

Then, go back and do the same next to the Schedule Options header, which relates to full backup.

Hyper-V Backup: Schedule Options

Add pre / post actions if needed. Here, you can add scripts that will launch before or after the plan, or specify what backup plan to run after the current one.

Hyper-V Backup: Additional Actions

Specify the notification parameters: whom to warn if the plan succeeds, fails, or fails partially.

Hyper-V Backup: Notification

Hit Save. You’re done.

Creating a Backup Plan with the MSP360 Backup Agent

Another way to create a plan is to use the MSP360 Managed Backup Service agent.

Run VM Edition. Click Hyper-V.

Hyper-V Backup: Choosing Hyper-V

Choose a storage account on which to back up your virtual machines.

Hyper-V Backup: Choosing a Storage

Name your plan.

Hyper-V Backup: Plan Naming

Choose virtual machines that require to be backed up. You can select all of them, just those that are running, or define them manually.

Hyper-V Backup: Selecting a VM

In the next step, define your Compression and Encryption Options.

Hyper-V Backup: Compression and Encryption Options

Specify the Retention Policy. Click the options link to check whether the default options are suitable for you.

Hyper-V Backup: Configuring Retention Policy

Create a schedule if you want to back up your machine regularly.

Hyper-V Backup: Schedule

Add pre- or post-backup actions, if needed. These options allow you to run a script before the plan is executed, or right after it. The last one is for a chain backup – you can tell the solution to run the next backup immediately after this one.

Hyper-V Backup: Pre-/Post-Actions

Check your backup plan summary.

Hyper-V Backup: Plan Summary

Run the backup plan. It might take a while – the time depends on the volume of data.

Now your virtual machine is ready to be saved. Later, you can restore it as a virtual disk or as a fully-fledged virtual machine. If you have any further questions, please contact our pre-sales team.

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