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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Using Traditional Methods to Back Up Hyper-V and Virtual Machines

If a VSS-based backup cannot be implemented in your environment, you can still use traditional backup methods to ensure that you can recover from a Hyper-V server or virtual machine failure. A traditional backup method uses a backup application that installs an agent in the operating system and copies data to an external storage device. Therefore, the traditional backup method can also be used for a virtual machine by installing the agent in the guest operating system. An important benefit is the ability to perform a backup while the virtual machine is online, although virtual machine performance will be affected by the backup. Additional benefits of an agent-based backup method ...

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