agentless backup of Hyper-V on DPM 2012 R2 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have some decommissioned VM servers on Hyper-V that I would like to backup before deleting.  I'm wondering if there is a way to do a one-time backup with DPM 2012 without spinning them back up.  They are currently off, and a couple of them I cannot turn on again without causing disruption in our environment.

    All VMs and hosts are running Server 2012 R2.


    Zack Hamilton

    Monday, September 9, 2019 8:45 PM

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  • Hello Zack,

    The only way to do this is to perform a host-level backup of the Hyper-V virtual machines, this way the virtual machines don't need to be on or off.

    So what you do:

    1. Add a new or modify an existing protection group.

    2. Browse through the Hyper-V host that is hosting the VMs you want to backup.

    3. Finish the wizard, run the backup manually or wait for the backup to run.

    4. Once the backup has run once, remove the VMs from the protection group.

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    • Proposed as answer by Leon Laude Monday, September 30, 2019 5:37 PM
    Monday, September 9, 2019 9:27 PM
  • Hello Leon,

    Just to clarify, when I browse the host, I'm going to need to browse to the file system path where the VM's files (virtual hard disks, checkpoints, smart paging, and current configuration) are kept and back that up, correct?

    The reason I ask is that it's not showing up in the DPM Protection Group wizard under "Available members", for example, " -> HostName -> HyperV -> VMName" like some of my other VMs are showing up.  So I assume I'll have to browse the host's file system?



    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:52 PM
  • You don't have to, but you can.

    You can back up either the Hyper-V files, which are located on the host's drives, or the full Hyper-V virtual machine directly.

    If it's not showing, try selecting the Hyper-V host and click Refresh.

    If you still don't see it, you can simply back up the Hyper-V files, the .VHD/.VHDX files are all you need for a fully working virtual machine.

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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:58 PM
  • Hi,

    Just checking to see if you have any update?

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    Monday, September 30, 2019 5:37 PM
  • Hello,

    Sorry I took so long getting back, but I forgot about this thread.  We found an external USB drive and exported the VMs directly out of Hyper-V, so we didn't go the DPM route.



    Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:55 PM