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2010 SP3 Hyper-V and VHD files

Created: 06 Sep 2013
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Prior to SP3, Backup Exec2010 required the hyper-v agent to backup virtual machines.  After SP3 the VHD file of those virtual machines are backup as part of the system backup and once again as part of the Hyper-V backup there by nearly doubling the size of my backups.  Several of my backups failed because of the size and time now required.  I called tech support and was told I now have to specifically exclude the VHD files from the system backup.  I asked if, since the files were being backed up as part of the system backup, I could use the VHDs backed up as part of the system backup to rebuild my virtual machines.  I was told I couldn't since it could not be guaranteed those files were valid and I had to use the hyper-v agent.  If the files can't be used as part of a restore why are they being backed up???

While I can exclude all the VHDs from all my Hyper-V host, every time I move a virtual machine from one host to another I have to remember to exclude them from the system backup.  Every time I create a new virtual machine I have to remember to exclude them from the system backup.  Every time I add a new drive to an existing virtual machine I have to remember to exclude them from the system backup.  When I move a virtual back to it's original host (I'm assuming) I have to remember to exclude them from the system backup.  How is this an improvement over SP2 or ever SP1 or even the original BE2010?

I'm willing to accept the solution provided as a workaround but I don't see it as a fix.