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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 VSS to Back Up Hyper-V and Virtual Machines

Using the Hyper-V VSS writer interface, backing up a Hyper-V infrastructure becomes more straightforward than using traditional backup methods. However, before implementing a VSS-based backup strategy, you must define the scenarios that exist in your Hyper-V infrastructure and ensure that your environment meets the requirements presented in Table 13-1. As mentioned earlier, the three basic Hyper-V–supported VSS backup categories include the following:

  • Hyper-V configuration information

  • Virtual machine online backup

  • Virtual machine offline backup

Table 13-1. VSS-Supported Backup Scenarios

Scenario

Requirements

VSS-Supported Backup

Hyper-V server

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

or

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