Backup of VMs to External Drives: Common Pitfalls

Lots and lots of smaller companies use BackupChain to back up VMs to USB drives as it allows for very simple drive rotation (no configuration is necessary when drives are rotated). When backing up virtual machines to external drives, such as USB drives, there are a couple things to watch out for. First, you need […]

Create a Hyper-V Plain File Backup Job and Copy to Server

In order to copy VMs from one Hyper-V server to another and have them ready to boot at the backup server in case of a disaster, you need to set up a plain file backup job. In BackupChain’s New Task Wizard, this option shows up a ‘no processing’. See Step-by-step instructions on how to set […]

How to Fix Hyper-V Backup Errors Quickly

When backing up Hyper-V VMs, VSS errors (Volume Shadow Copy Service) are not uncommon. The error potential for VM backups is much higher than for physical servers because many resources are shared and live backup requires the (error-free) participation of all VSS aware services inside each VM. Any resource shortage of service configuration issue inside a VM […]

Does each Hyper-V CSV Node Require a License?

You’ll need a Server Edition or Server Enterprise license and installation on each node and each node should use its own target folder, whether or not going to the same target device. The deduplication algorithm works on a file basis, meaning each file (VHDX) is deduplicated on its own in isolation. You would set up […]

What Do I Need to Know When Backing up Hyper-V CSVs?

When you’re dealing with Windows Server 2012 R2 CSV backups you need to be aware of the following: use Hyper-V Backup types only, not Universal overlapping backups (simultaneous backups between two or more nodes) are now permitted. Server 2008 R2 couldn’t do that make sure all VM files are on the one and same CSV: […]

Is Granular Backup as Good as Running a Backup Inside the VM?

Granular Backup is an innovation of ours and uses the same VSS mechanisms as a full backup. It should give you the same file perspective as being inside the VM. Thus it saves you time and money and nothing needs to be installed/managed inside the VM. Probably because it saves you money you won’t find […]

Can I back up Hyper-V on Windows 8 PCs?

That’s correct. All BackupChain Editions offer Hyper-V Backup for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008 or later A complete walk-through, which is identical for all Editions, can be accessed via this page. Another interesting feature is that you can back up Hyper-V virtual machines on Windows 8 and restore them on a Windows Server or Hyper-V […]

I have 4 physical hosts with 10 VMs each. How many licenses do I need?

The number of virtual machines does not matter for licensing. Each installation needs a license. In the case of Hyper-V you would typically install BackupChain on the host, either the Server Edition , the Server Enterprise Edition, or the Server Enterprise Edition with Premium Support. If you are using Hyper-V on Windows 8 instead of a […]