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Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Backup

Backup Hyper-V VMs locally in Windows Server 2012 R2

This post will show you the step-by-step guide on how to backup your Hyper-V Virtual Machines with Windows Server Backup in a lab environment just in case your VMs won’t boot up anymore after your Hyper-V host have restarted.

Windows Server Backup can be installed as an added feature of your Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

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To backup you VMs launch Windows Server Backup from Server Manager > Tools drop down menu.

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In the Windows Server Backup console right-click on the Local Backup node and select the Backup Once… option.

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The Backup Once Wizard will appear and select Different options.

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Click Next to continue

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Select Custom in the Selection Backup Configuration screen and click Next.

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In the Select Items for Backup screen click on the Add Items button.

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Select which VM(s) to backup, make sure the VM that you are about to backup is turned off otherwise backup will fail (as per testing) then click OK to continue.

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Click Next to continue.

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Select where to backup your VM(s) in this scenario I will backup it up to my network share.

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Click Next to continue.

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Click the Backup button to start the backup process.

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The backup will take sometime depending on how large your VM(s) are.

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You’ll see the status is completed once backup is done. Click Close to complete the process.

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As you can see the completed backup is now reflected in Windows Server Backup console.

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