How to Configure a Hyper-V Granular Backup

Granular Backups are great for saving money and time because you can access all VM files from the host without installing agents.

This is a short walkthrough and applies to all virtualization platforms, such as Hyper-V, VirtualBox, VMware Server, VMware Workstation, and Virtual PC:


In this example we use Hyper-V and want to add a folder stored inside a virtual machine. Open the Folders tab and click Add Folders -> Add Folder Stored Inside a Virtual Machine:

Then navigate to the virtual disk file (*.VDI, *.VMDK, *.VHDX, or *.VHD):

Click Next Step and wait for the screen to load. Now you may select the partition and the folders or files you want backed up:

Note: to select individual files inside a virtual machine instead of folders, you need to start the same process in the Files tab instead of the Folder tab of BackupChain.

The same Granular Backup feature as shown above for Hyper-V (VHD and VHDX) also works on VirtualBox (VDI files) and VMware (VMDK files).

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