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Chapter 7: Backing Up and Recovering VMs > Manually Backing Up and Recovering a...

Manually Backing Up and Recovering a Virtual Machine

You can accomplish backup and recovery a number of ways. We’ll devote the remainder of the chapter to walking you through two low-cost options for parent-based/host-based backup and recovery using Windows Server Backup (WSB) and a manual process using VSS via the Diskshadow command.

Performing a Windows Server Backup

As noted earlier, WSB is the backup and recovery tool integrated into Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. You can easily use WSB to back up and recover Hyper-V hosts and child VMs. WSB requires that you back up all volumes associated with Hyper-V to facilitate a recovery. The WSB requirement to capture lots of data can substantially increase the overall time and storage to complete a backup. However, WSB does offer a simple backup and recovery experience, and its inclusion in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 makes it a great option to consider for backup and recovery.


  

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