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Hyper-V Host Backup

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Will Endpoint be a valid/supported method of backing up Hyper-V hosts?

Veeam B&R is great for the virtual machines, but Id still like a non-bodge way to backup my hosts

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What edition do you use for your Hyper-V host, server core or a full blown server? Anyway, keep in mind that Veeam solution is targeted to endpoints and personal computers. Thanks!

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the hosts are 2012 Standard with GUI running a mixture of Veeam Backup Essentials 7.x and 8.x

the target for endpoint is client machines, but it would be so handy to have a single vendor solution for our B&R.

My environment is a number of totally separate sites running a single host - whilst the host config isn't overly exotic and the data pretty static we are required by local government regulation to have backups of everything - including the hosts. previously we use Backup Exec which while (putting it mildly) is clunky was a single solution.

now I have to run a Windows server backup for the host and Veeam for the VM's which satisfies the regs, but is a little scrappy!

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...Backup Exec which while (putting it mildly) is clunky was a single solution.
Yeah, that sounds about right for BE ;)

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mattpayne,
Aside from the Endpoint is not being designed for backing up physical servers note - since it is BETA, and our QA team have not tested such scenario, I wound stay away from setting up Endpoint on Hyper V production hosts. At least until GA (…and the confirmation from QA team that Endpoint behaves well).

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Re: Hyper-V Host Backup

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Any more on this?

Server 2012 R2 is a supported OS to run on, and all other physical servers I tested it on behaved just fine. But Hyper-V host of course is a bit more sensitive matter...

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Re: Hyper-V Host Backup

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Hi Seb,

There is more information in this thread: http://forums.veeam.com/post145464.html ... er#p145464

Cheers

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Re: Hyper-V Host Backup

Post by JaxIsland7575 » 1 person likes this post

As a follow up to this post and the one Mike linked to, it is still working strong. Granted I have not had to do a bare metal recovery on my Hyper-V host yet but the jobs complete and I have done file level restores without issue.
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VEB works OK on the Hyper-V host, but there is one gotcha:

If one uses CSV & does create recovery iso on the Hyper-V host with CSV, then wimmount.sys driver gets loaded which interferes with CSV (MS software interferes with MS software!) putting it into Redirected mode

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Cluster Shared Volume 'CSV-MD' ('CSV-MD') has identified one or more active filter drivers on this device stack that could interfere with CSV operations. I/O access will be redirected to the storage device over the network through another Cluster node. This may result in degraded performance. Please [b]contact the filter driver vendor[/b] to verify interoperability with Cluster Shared Volumes. 
And that makes everything tragically slow

If you do need to make iso on the host, then make sure to unload & disable the driver (ie with Nirsoft serviwin)

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Seb, does this apply to both 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 Hyper-V servers?

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No idea, I only use 2012 R2

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Ok, thanks for sharing your tip on this!

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It is not a tip, it is a report of a bug, so please treat it like that and correct it

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Seb,
Thank you for the heads up! I’ve shared your findings with DEV and QA teams.

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Seb,
We’ve confirmed the described behavior and decided to add the ‘safety trigger’ dialog message when they such situation is detected. Thanks for all your help!

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