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How to Implement a Robust Hyper-V Backup Solution?

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s virtualization platform that enables IT administrators and businesses to run multiple instances of operating systems off the same physical machine (a server). This allows more efficient utilization of resources, enhanced portability of applications, convenient and streamlined management of IT operations and quick deployment of new server environments.

According to a survey from iDatalabs, the market share of Hyper-V as a virtualization platform constitutes to be 13.10%, with most often it’s the companies in United States that use the platform.

Naturally, where there is a deployment of instances and server environments, there is the requirement to back up the data stored in these virtual machines. Businesses are found seeking services of service providers to help them fulfill this requirement, as virtualization management entails complexities and complications that can be challenging to address and overcome.

This begs the question:

How can you implement a robust Hyper-V backup solution for your customers?

Below are few tips and guidelines to help you.

1. Your focus from the start should be on having dedicated environments

Guest hosts meant to serve a single role, and then running multiple guest hosts on the same machine is what makes virtualization so great. It enables the structuring of less resource-intensive virtual environments. Not only that but it also helps when performing backups and recovery.

  • It’s easier to manage and perform granular backups and restorations with dedicated environments.

  • It allows guests to be recovered in a managed way.

  • It makes it easier to allocate backup licenses and agents.

2. Use specialized backup software rather than scripts

Some service providers use scripts at the time of backing up virtual machines hosted by a Hyper-V. This is a practice you are better off with, because scripts don’t provide essential capabilities required to implement a Hyper-V backup robust solution. They lack file verification, error detection and other important features.

Therefore, instead of using scripts, specialized Hyper-V backup software should be used. Such software provides you with all the tools you need to ensure easy and fast protection for the entire Hyper-V virtualization environment of your customers.

3. Install your Hyper-V backup software on the host

The most reliable way to protect your Hyper-V guests (virtual machines) is to deploy your backup software on the physical server. Don’t install it on a guest. This way, you will be able to backup multiple guests by running a single backup job, saving you time and making it more convenient for you. Secondly, you will also save money as you can do the job with just one backup license for the backup agent.

4. Use fixed disks

Pass-through disks don’t allow Hyper-V replica or VM snapshots. Furthermore, they also add to space and performance overhead. This adversely impacts your host server’s performance along with data integrity. Since server performance and data integrity are crucial to your backups, it is something that you would want to avoid. Instead use fixed virtual disks.

Although nowhere an exhaustive list of all the best practices that entails the implementation of a robust Hyper-V backup solution, these guidelines do serve as the minimal essentials. Following them would allow you to provide betters services to your customers.

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