Best practices for Backup Exec 2010 Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

Article:HOWTO21770  |  Created: 2010-01-26  |  Updated: 2012-09-18  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO21770
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Best practices for Backup Exec 2010 Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

Best practices include tips and recommendations to help you effectively use Backup Exec 2010 Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V. For more information about the Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V, see the Backup Exec 2010 Administrator's Guide.

The following best practices help you use the Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V effectively:

  • Do not include a virtual machine and a Cluster Shared Volume that the virtual machine resides on in the same backup job. Doing so can result in duplicate backups.

  • To use Backup Exec's Granular Recovery Technology (GRT), install the Remote Agent for Windows Systems on the virtual machine on which data is to be restored.

  • Do not use GRT for system file restore for disaster recovery of a virtual machine. Instead, restore the full virtual machine.

  • Ensure that each virtual machine has a unique name. If you have two virtual machines with the same display name, backup jobs may fail.

  • To use GRT for individual items from Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, or SQL, do the following:

    • Install the Remote Agent for Windows Systems on the guest virtual machine.

    • Ensure that you have a valid license for each application that you want to protect.

    • Ensure that the credentials for the guest virtual machine are valid for the application you want to protect.

    • Use the same requirements for backing up Microsoft Exchange on a physical machine when you back up Exchange on a virtual machine.

    • Create separate backup jobs for file servers and application or database servers. When you create file server backup jobs, be sure to uncheck the options on the Virtual Machine Application Granular Recovery Technology Settings dialog box.


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