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Best Practice for BE and Hyper-V CSV and VMs

Created: 28 Aug 2012 | 5 comments

Currently using Backup Exec 2010 R3 Build 5204 64 bit

Running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 box, dedicated (not on any of my Hyper-V hosts)

Backup is "across the wire" (yes, slow)

I have a 3 node Hyper-V cluster and am trying to determine the best way to accomplish this:

I run strictly tape...way too much disk required to to B2D.

My tape library is a 4 drive LTO5 changer.  Previously I have just divided up all my targets (both physical and virtual) into 7 or 8 different jobs and just did a normal agent level backup.  This has worked well but I know I need to get into the Hyper-V agent backups to easily facilitate disaster recovery.

I have never paid much attention to what targets were running at the same time since I've had 4 parallel data streams going at the same time and the agent didn't care.  Now however, due to the "Online (Backup in progress, Redirected access" issue/limitation it would appear that I am going to have to change tracks.

I could set up a single job for each of my 3 hosts, which is *supposed* to automatically catch whatever Hyper-V guests happen to be running on it at the time...but guests are liable to be migrated around and at any point in time the backup of 1 host would "cross" the boundary into another host's CSV area... which from what I gether will cause those jobs to fail.

What is everybody doing to accomodate this issue of parallel backups to multiple Hyper-V hosts?

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CraigV's picture


Here's the link for the Hyper-V best practices...


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RCurtis's picture

Thanks for the reply craig...

That link brings up a document that is titled specifically for BE 2012.  Is everything in this document backward compatible to 2010 R3?

RCurtis's picture

Actually...upon reading this document, it does not address any of the issues I raised at all.  It covers a couple of things in regards to GRT & such but nothing like I asked in my original post.

CraigV's picture

My bad...misread & thought it was BE 2012...but here is the link for your version:


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