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Backing up Exchange Server 2010 Hyper-V hosts

Created: 10 Apr 2013 | 12 comments

Greetings everyone,

I'm new here :)

I'm in the process of setting up a new Exchange 2010 environment using two (2) physical host machines running Windows Server 2012. On each of these host machines, we have two (2) Exchange 2010 virtual machines running Windows Server 2008.

For our NetBackup environment, we run version 7.1 on a Solaris 10 SPARC architecture.

Does anyone have experience backing up Exchange Server 2010 virtual machines? Is it possible with NetBackup 7.1?

Any pointers?

Thanks in advance.


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Dyneshia's picture

If you are reffering to the VM backup with exchange protection, this is only avaialbe in 7.5.x

Marianne's picture

You will need to install NBU client in each VM and config same as physical clients.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links

Dyneshia's picture

A couple of things

1) FYI - Windows 2012 is not certified yet.  They are aiming for 7.6 and possibly ( however no official word )

   Be sure to subscribe to :

2) For NBU 7.1.x you will need 2 separate policies

  * policy type exchange - to backup the exchange data

  * policy type : Vmware - to backup the vm

3)  Here is some helpful documentation :

EXCHANGE  - Exchange How To Videos  - 7.1 Exchange Admin guide

VMware - Support for NetBackup 7.x in virtual environments

NetBackup for VMware Administrator's Guide

If this answers your question, please do not forget to mark solution :)

Juki007's picture

Thanks all.

Dyneshia, am using Microsoft Hyper-V and not VMware. Got some documentation for it?

Dyneshia's picture

One note, you will still need seperate polocies.

V4's picture
As far i know Application aware VM backups with Hyper-V isn't supported yet (even with too)
With VMware it is supported due to API integration. Best Solution to you would be to Create Exchange Policy which will target DAG or Exchange nodes
Windows 2012 isn't yet supported with too. Hence no chance of doing V-Ray sort of backups..
Wait till 7.6 releases Hyper-V integration to true transparency similar of vmware .
Till then you can deploy agent in exchange servers treating physical nodes and back them up to  disk or tape.
Juki007's picture

Thank you , Jack.

That's what I intend on deploying. I shall provide feedback once implemented.

Dyneshia's picture

Marianne , good point , when doing database backups ( exchange , SQL , sharepoint ) you will need to install the Netbackup client even though they are Vm's , in order to back them up.

Juki007's picture

Yes, it is DAG. We are running the in-built Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012.

Dyneshia's picture

Hi Juki007 ,

Did you have any question on the above ?  If so, please let me know. If not, please dont forget to mark the solution.