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Backup Selections of Hyper V Hosts (ClusterStorageVolume)

Created: 28 May 2014 | 8 comments
Sacha Brown's picture

We have a Hyper V Cluster and we are not sure what needs to be selected for backup. There is a ClusterStorageFolder that is present. Do we need to select that folder for backup? If it is deselected we do not have the SSR option. If we select the ClusterStorageFolder the backup is too large.

We need to take a snapshot of this hosts in the event of disaster.

What is the best practice for backing up in this scenario?

Operating Systems:

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CraigV's picture

Hi Sacha,

Check below and see if these are relevant:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i8M9T1-Ms0

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO74442

The Admin Guide will also have further details on what needs to be selected.

Thanks!

Alternative ways to access Backup Exec Technical Support:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/alte...

Sacha Brown's picture

This still does not make things clearer for me. Any other suggestions?

Khamatee Brown

Systems Engineer 2

| MCP | MCTS | MCITP |

Backup Exec STS| Netbackup STS

lmosla's picture

hi,

take a look at this blog and the following comment.  I think it will clear things up... https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/ignorance-not-bliss

Thanks

VJware's picture

When you take a backup of a Hyper-V cluster, all you need to select for backup is from the Microsoft Hyper-V HA Virtual Machines node. And not from the \ClusterStorage folders. If you select the \ClusterStorage folders as well, this is akin to backing up twice.

And would you pls post a screenshot of the SSR icon as this option is not available during the Hyper-V cluster selections. The SSR option would be available only if you are trying to make the backup selections via a Hyper-V node (and not the Hyper-V Cluster itself).

Have attached a screenshot of how the Hyper-V cluster resource and backup selections look like.

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Sacha Brown's picture

Thank you VJWare. We were able to sort out the Cluster selections for backup. WHat about the host selections. We would like to take a SSR of the Hosts in the event of a disaster but if we deslect the ClusterStorage Folder as shown in the screenshot SSR is turned off.

Any other suggestions?

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Khamatee Brown

Systems Engineer 2

| MCP | MCTS | MCITP |

Backup Exec STS| Netbackup STS

VJware's picture

Afaik, this folder is not a critical component for the recovery of the Hyper-V host. You can add an exclusion for this directory in the registry and still keep SSP on.

Have a look @ this blog on the exclusion - https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/exclude-files-simplified-d...

Would recommend to still test backup and especially SDR restore post the exclusion.

Sacha Brown's picture

Can you send the step by step instructions on how this is done VJware?

Khamatee Brown

Systems Engineer 2

| MCP | MCTS | MCITP |

Backup Exec STS| Netbackup STS

VJware's picture

Using registry editor, browse to the path ~ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\Simplified System Protection\

Create a new key named User-Defined Exclusion Resources. Under this key, create a new key C:

Now, from the backup selections, if you deselect the ClusterStorage folder, SDR would still be ON.

Run a full backup as usual and then test SDR recovery. This KB lists the instructions on running the SDR recovery - http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH180099