Help with Hyper-V agents and backup architecture
We're migrating to Symantec BE 2012 from Microsoft DPM and we have some questions:
1. For our Hyper-V servers, should we be doing full backups on the parent to capture the hosted servers, or should we be installing agents on all the hosted servers and backing them up individually? I'm worried about getting good backups, and increasing our backup window by duplicating data sets. Are there pros and cons?
2. How do we keep BE from backup up Hyper-V replica servers/VHDs? Do we use exclusions, or is there a more elegant way to do it?
3. What we'd like to do, ultimately, is backup our environment to shared storage, then save a slice of that to a USB drive we can take off site. I don't want the whole weeks worth of data, I just want one good, restorable cross-section for DR that we can keep off-site. What's the best way to do that?
4. Is there a best practice about using BE to make virtualized versions of servers as part of the regular backup process?