There is a chapter in my book (by my co-author) on it so I won’t dwell too much time on this subject. Microsoft released a brochure for Data Protection Manager 2010 and how to use it to backup Hyper-V. Here’s the readers digest version:
- You can install an agent in the VM, like you would with a physical box. That’s a good idea for selective backup of things like SharePoint, SQL, Exchange, etc, where you want to do granular backup/recovery of applications.
- You should backup at the storage level. Don’t think of it as the host level.
- For non-clustered hosts, you install an agent on the host and it backs up at the storage level using VSS.
- For a cluster, you use a storage VSS provider (choose your storage wisely) and it backs up the CSV(s) using VSS … that triggers VSS in the VM’s and the VSS writers in the VM’s guest operating system for a nice clean backup.
- It’s best to install DPM 2010 on a physical box. This means you can enable the Hyper-V role. This reveals DLLs that allow DPM to access the contents of a protected VHD and perform item level recovery from it.
- Only use passthrough disks for DPM storage if you install it on a VM.
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