On Sunday evening I tweeted about something I’ve been playing with for the last week …
… and I was called a tease Caught, red handed!
Windows Server Backup (WSB) in Windows Server 2012, out of the box with no registry edits, can backup:
- Running virtual machines on a standalone host – a slight improvement over the past where a registry edit was required to register the VSS Hyper-V Writer
- Running virtual machines on a cluster shared volume (CSV) – this is absolutely new
Note that WSB does not support VMs that are stored on SMB 3.0 file shares. You’ll need something else for that.
I’ve done a lot of testing over the last week, trying out different scenarios in the cluster, and restoring “lost” VMs. Everything worked. You can backup to a volume, a drive, or a file share. This is a very nice solution for a small company that wants a budget virtualisation solution.
As for my step-by-steps … I’m working on it but you’ll have to wait for that … and that is another tease
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