Hyper-V Backup in Backup Agent (new backup format)

This chapter cover the following topics:

Create Backup Plan

To create a new Hyper-V backup plan, expand the Hyper-V menu in the horizontal menu bar and select one of the available formats: to create the backup plan in the new backup format, select Hyper-V. To create a new Hyper-V backup plan in the legacy Hyper-V backup, select Hyper-V Backup (Legacy).

Learn Backup Wizard steps:

Select Backup Storage

Select a storage account for the backup plan from the list of available backup storages.

Click Next.

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Plan Name

Specify the name for the backup plan.

Click Next.

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Connect to a Hyper-V Cluster (optional)

This step appears in the backup wizard only if a Hyper-V cluster is present and detected

Select to back up: a local Hyper-V host only or a Hyper-V cluster.

The following options are available:

  • Select the Back up the local Hyper-V host only option to back up a local Hyper-V host
  • Select the Back up the Hyper-V cluster and local Hyper-V host option to back up VMs of a Hyper-V Failover Cluster, then specify the cluster access credentials

Click Next.

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Select Virtual Machines

Configure the backup dataset for the plan and select the virtual machines to back up.

The following options are available:

  • Back up all Virtual Machines. Select this option to include all virtual machines of the Hyper-V server to the backup plan
  • Back up only running Virtual Machines. Select this option to include running virtual machines of the Hyper-V server to the backup plan
  • Back up selected Virtual Machines. Select this option to include specified virtual machines of the Hyper-V server to the backup plan

Note that if you switch the backup option from the Back up selected Virtual Machines to any other, the previously made selection is kept for the case if you change your mind and select back the Back up selected Virtual Machines option, but the selected option will be applied regardless the virtual machine selection.

As of version 7.4, you can customize checkpoints to back up. To configure the checkpoint backup, click Advanced Settings. Select Back up current Hyper-V checkpoint only check box to back up the latest checkpoint only. Otherwise all existing checkpoints for the selected virtual machines will be backed up.

Along with the Back up current Hyper-V checkpoint only option, you can enable the Changed Block Tracking (Resilient Change Tracking) feature. Read more about the Changed Block Tracking in the Changed Block Tracking for Hyper-V paragraph.

Click Next.

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Select Virtual Disks

If you selected the Back up selected Virtual Machines option on the previous step, you can select required disks of selected virtual machines.

  • To back up all virtual machine disks, select Backup all disks option.
  • To select particular VM disks for the backup plan, select Backup selected disks only option. Use the tree to expand or collapse virtual machine items.

Click Next.

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Compression and Encryption Options

Specify compression and encryption options for the backup plan.

The following options are available:

  • Select Enable compression check box to compress backup source contents for optimal backup storage space usage
  • To protect your backup contents with encryption, select Enable encryption check box. MSP360 (CloudBerry) Backup supports AES encryption of 128, 192 and 256 bit key length. Select the appropriate key length in Algorithm drop-down menu
  • Specify the encryption password in Password field, then confirm the password in the Confirm field. To display password, select Display password check box

Note that the encryption password will NOT be stored in the backup plan configuration for security reasons. Keep this password in a safe place to be able to restore the backup contents afterwards

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Consistency Check

Enable the full consistency check if required.

To learn more about consistency checks, refer to the Consistency Checks chapter

Click Next.

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Schedule

Specify the backup plan schedule settings.

The following options are available:

  • If you intend to run the backup plan manually, select No schedule option
  • If you intend the backup plan to run on a particular date and time, select Specific date option, then specify the date and time you want your backup plan to be run
  • If you want the backup plan to run on a constant periodic basis, select Recurring (Incremental) option, then configure the schedule for the backup plan

Specify if the backup plan runs on a daily or monthly basis, then specify the recurrence parameters: weekdays and start time.

The Repeat Every option allows configuring a flexible schedule according to your requirements. The example on the drawing shows the incremental backup scheduled to execute every week on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays starting from 7 April 2022 or monthly schedule on the first Sunday of the month with a 2 months gap starting from 7 April 2022. You can create a schedule with multiple days of the week and specify the desired period measured in weeks or months.

Note that this schedule is specified for incremental runs

  • To run the full backup and synthetic full (for supported backup storage) on a periodic basis, select the Execute full backup (synthetic full if possible) check box, then specify the recurrence parameters

The example on the drawing shows the full backup scheduled to execute on every first Sunday of the month starting from 10 April 2022 with 2 months gap.

  • To stop the backup plan in case if it continues suspiciously long, select Stop the plan if it runs for check box, then specify the backup plan maximum duration

Click Next.

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Retention Policy and GFS

Specify the retention policy settings for the backup plan.

The following options are available:

  • Do not purge. Select this option to keep all your backup runs
  • Keep backup for. Select this option to limit the period while backup contents are kept in the backup storage, then specify the period

Learn more about the retention policy in the Retention Policy chapter chapter

To apply the GFS retention policy for the backup plan, select the Enable GFS check box, then customize the GFS retention policy by enabling the required keeping periods (weekly, monthly and yearly purge delays).

To learn more about the GFS retention policy, refer to the GFS chapter

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Edit a Backup Plan

To edit the backup plan, proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the Backup Plans tab.
  2. Open the plan to edit, expand it, then click Edit.

  1. Follow the Backup Wizard steps to save the backup plan configuration.

Delete a Backup Plan

To delete the backup plan, proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the Backup Plans tab.
  2. Open the plan to delete, expand it, then click Delete.

  1. Click Yes to confirm the backup plan deletion.