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Microsoft Hyper-V backup at its best

What makes Veeam® the #1 Hyper-V backup and disaster recovery solution isn’t just its ability to back up your Hyper-V environment— it’s Veeam’s fast, flexible and reliable restore functionality. Veeam restores give you the ability to recover exactly what you need when you need it. Restore entire Hyper-V VMs in minutes and recover individual files or application items residing inside a Hyper-V backup with a simple search and restore. 
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Backup capability

Meet your recovery objectives

Flexibility to meet even your tightest recovery objectives for Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

Confidence delivered daily

Enjoy confidence with full-spectrum recovery, ranging from individual file to full DR.

Be ready for disaster recovery

Be prepared for DR with accelerated replication that automates moving backups off site.

Deliver availability, simplicity and scale

Application-consistent backups

Veeam Backup & Replication™ provides true application-aware processing, all in a single-pass, image-level backup of VSS-aware applications. This is the level of protection that you need to gain the flexible recovery your application needs.
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Full-spectrum recovery

Next-generation instant recovery engine

Take advantage of speed and reliability for your largest recovery, all wrapped into a single instant recovery engine with Veeam Backup & Replication. Leverage many flexible recovery methods beyond just Instant VM Recovery® with file and multi-VM recovery from a single-pass, image-level backup.
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Instant Recovery

Replication sourced from your backups

Reduce the burden on your production Hyper-V VMs’ read I/O operations by leveraging the backup copies to be the replication source. Take advantage of built-in WAN Acceleration that improves speed on both fast and slow links alike.
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Reliable, Built-in Replication

Track changes for fast backups

Increase the speed and reduce the Hyper-V backup footprint by protecting only what has changed since the last backup. Veeam Backup & Replication uses Changed Block Tracking technology to increase the speed and efficiency of incremental backups, helping you meet even the tightest of backup windows.

Do even more with your data

You have a vast amount of production data that lives in your Hyper-V backup copies that can be easily used for deployment and testing by delivering them to an on-demand, isolated virtual sandbox with Veeam DataLabs™ On-Demand Sandbox™.

Be prepared for disaster recovery

For every replicated VM, Veeam Backup & Replication produces a full replica and a chain of restore points. If the original VM fails for any reason, you can temporarily or permanently fail over to the latest restore point or to an earlier point in time in minutes.

Protect Hyper-V, cloud, physical and more

Focus more on backup and less on licensing by taking advantage of the built-in simplicity and flexibility that you get
with Veeam Universal License (VUL).

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FAQ

How do I back up Hyper-V?

To properly perform Hyper-V backup, including Hyper-V VM backups, you must protect at least at the host level to capture all Hyper-V VMs, their storage, data and configuration. To simplify these operations, backup software like Veeam Backup & Replication can coordinate the process for you and speak natively to Microsoft VSS to prepare the Hyper-V environment for backup. This integrated coordination ensures that consistent Hyper-V backups are taken, meaning that all data was captured during backup so that you can have a full spectrum of recovery options at your disposal to best meet your recovery objectives.

  • To provide this consistency, Veeam Backup Manager queries information about VMs and virtualization hosts from Microsoft Hyper-V prior to backup.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication requests Microsoft Hyper-V VSS to create a cohesive point-in-time copy of a VM for backup. Microsoft Hyper-V VSS creates a volume snapshot or VM checkpoint, depending on the hypervisor version.

  • To keep Hyper-V backups manageable, Veeam Backup & Replication uses Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to retrieve only those data blocks that have changed since the previous job session. 

  • After the backup proxy finishes reading VM data, Veeam Backup & Replication requests Microsoft Hyper-V VSS to perform cleanup operations.

What is Hyper-V replication?

In addition to VM backups, you can create Hyper-V VM replicas to be used for recovery purposes.

  • Hyper-V replication offers some of the shortest recovery time objective (RTO) values, taking advantage of an exact copy of your VM in a ready-to-start state. 

  • When you replicate a Hyper-V VM, Veeam Backup & Replication creates an exact copy of the VM in its native Microsoft Hyper-V format on an available spare host, where it maintains this copy in sync with the original VM.

  • Veeam Backup & Replication lets you perform on-site Hyper-V replication for High Availability (HA) scenarios and remote (off-site) replication for disaster recovery (DR) scenarios. To facilitate Hyper-V replication over the WAN or slow connections, Veeam Backup & Replication optimizes traffic transmission and accelerates data movement. 

How can I recover my Hyper-V VM in the event of disaster?

Hyper-V disaster recovery plans often require that you both back up and replicate the same VM for disaster recovery (DR) and HA purposes. Often, this increases not only the workload on the virtual infrastructure, but also creates additional steps as you now need to create two VM snapshots, independently from one another, and transfer VM data from the production site twice.

  • Veeam differentiates here by reducing the workload on the production environment by using a flexible on-site or off-site recovery method and a replica from the backup option. 

  • Differing from other solutions, Veeam Backup & Replication does not address hosts and storage in the production environment to read VM data, thus relieving the impact to production. As a source of data, it uses a backup that already exists in the backup repository.

  • During failover, Veeam recovers the VM replica to the required restore point and shifts all I/O processes from the original VM to its replica, resulting in a fully functional VM within seconds.

What types of backup are there for Hyper-V?
  • Host-level backup: The most desired method to dynamically perform Hyper-V backup is to perform backup at the Hyper-V host level. By protecting Hyper-V at the host level, you can protect not only the core configuration of Hyper-V, but all its VMs, virtual disks and virtual infrastructure. This will allow VMs to be dynamically protected or skipped as they are added to and removed from.

  • Guest-level backup: Depending on the technical ability of your backup solution, you may need to also perform guest-level backups of Hyper-V VMs. This is less desirable when compared to the Hyper-V host-level backup, as it typically comes with additional overhead that is associated with opening and protecting each Hyper-V VM independently.

  • Online backup: Performing Hyper-V backup in an online state allows you to capture workloads, including Microsoft applications and their data, without having to take the application offline, therefore affecting your business. By leveraging Microsoft VSS, you can properly “quiesce” or pause your application just long enough to create a snapshot that can be used for backup. Once complete, your backup solution and VSS will perform any necessary cleanup or log flush that is required post backup.

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