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Protecting Hyper-v VM RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've a question regarding protction of hyper-v Vm.

    I'm using DPM2010 and noticed that there's no way of selecting only some of the VM's virtual disk in the Hyper-v protection group.

    Is not possible , for example , to make a backup of the virtual machine disk "C" as Hyper-v protection type and backing up data on "D" with the RA inside the VM ?

    thanks

    Stefano

    • Moved by MarcReynolds Friday, March 11, 2011 2:33 PM (From:Data Protection Manager)
    Friday, March 11, 2011 2:24 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    The hyper-V writer is responsible for protecting Guests and does not allow for granular control of which VHD's to include in backup.  It will protect all .vhd's.   The best you can do is protect the guest by installing RA and do BMR backup which should make an image backup of C: volume.


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    Friday, March 11, 2011 4:34 PM
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  • Hi

    When protecting a virtual machine you can't choos explicit disks, only the entire machine.



    Best Regards

    Robert Hedblom

    MVP DPM

    Check out my DPM blog @ http://robertanddpm.blogspot.com

    Friday, March 11, 2011 4:26 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    The hyper-V writer is responsible for protecting Guests and does not allow for granular control of which VHD's to include in backup.  It will protect all .vhd's.   The best you can do is protect the guest by installing RA and do BMR backup which should make an image backup of C: volume.


    Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Friday, March 11, 2011 4:34 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi 

    Thanks for the answer

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 2:28 AM
  • Just a suggestion:

    If the application supports it, what about creating a separate VHD that is not attached to the VM. (Either in the host or another VM). Then map a drive letter to it. The drive wouldn't be part of the machine you are backing up, so would be excluded. It would have to be mounted somewhere though in order to connect to it.

    Saturday, April 2, 2011 12:43 PM
  • Can adding not required vhds to "FilesNotToBackup" registry key:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb891959%28v=vs.85%29.aspx#filesnottobackup

    Note that:

    This is a system wide setting - other PGs or other backup programs might also read and exclude this.
    And use absolute paths.

    Thanks,
    Arun

     

    Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:50 AM