Windows 10: Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Discus and support Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines in Windows 10 Virtualization to solve the problem; Hi, I was wondering if all I really need to do to backup activated virtual machines but not associated virtual hard drives is just to copy the virtual... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Virtualization' started by cereberus, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. cereberus Win User

    Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines


    Hi, I was wondering if all I really need to do to backup activated virtual machines but not associated virtual hard drives is just to copy the virtual hard drive folder to another drive (or even one drive) .

    All I am really interested is in saving the machines which have the hardware ids stored on the MS activation servers, not the actual vhds. I can clean install Windows on a new virtual hard disks any time, as I do not usually install much on them anyway.

    I cannot see any reason why not - I would just need to reimport the virtual machines retaining the GUID as far as I can tell. Is there anything else I need to backup - not interested in checkpoints etc.

    :)
     
    cereberus, Mar 5, 2018
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  2. BulldogXX Win User
    BulldogXX, Mar 5, 2018
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  3. Rex99ny Win User
    Where is the Hyper V Manager, How to I start it ?

    I am trying to setup an XP virtual Machine on Windows 10 Pro.

    I followed the steps in Neil Peterson article of 5/9/2016.

    System Requirements - done - ok

    Install Hyper-V - done - ok

    Create a Virtual Switch - skip

    Create a Virtual Machine

    Create a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V Manager

    These steps walk through how to manually create a virtual machine and deploy an operating system to this virtual machine.


    • In Hyper-V Manager, click Action > New >
      Virtual Machine
      to bring up the New

    Uhhhhhhhhh - this step obviously implies one knows

    1) Where the Hyper-V Manager is

    2) How to start the Hyper-V Manager

    Isn't that odd ?
     
    Rex99ny, Mar 5, 2018
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  4. Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines

    Only thing you need to do is disconnect the vhds from your VMs, then go to the folder where the actual virtual machines are stored. Then just copy the machine to your backup media.

    Finally you can reconnect the VHDs to your working VMs. And all done.

    The reason why you want to disconnect the VHDs first is because it is much easier to import the backup. The VM import function won't be looking for any VHDs.

    I use this method for the same reasons you are. *Smile

    Hope this helps.

    One final note: make sure that you have removed all checkpoints and that the merging has completed before removing the VHDs.
     
    slicendice, Mar 5, 2018
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  5. cereberus Win User
    Thanks - good tip about disconnecting vhds.
     
    cereberus, Mar 5, 2018
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  6. cereberus Win User
    Maybe some has changed (for the better) but I experimented recovering a vm I had backed up, but I temporarily renamed the vhd as an experiment. It came up with a popup asking me to locate vhd, or just disconnect link which I did andvm imported fine in seconds.

    So I do not have to disconnect vhd up front, as I can do it at vm restore time.

    Now all my vms sans vhds are backed up to onedrive (in seconds). Losing the vms would be the virtual equivalent of a mob failure. Losing the vhds (in my case) is only a minor irritation. I only backup rhe vhd that is essentially a clone of my normal desktop version.

    As an aside, sysprepping Windows 10 is a PITA as it does not llike some 3rd party uwp apps, and you have to uninstall them first. Of course, you always forget. I had an annoying one with adblock plus (for Edge) as I could not find anyway of directly uninstalling it and had to use powershell. The annoying thing with sysprep is it stops when it finds a uwp app that needs to be uninstalled rather than checking the others (it would be neat to ask you if you want to delete them as well), so you sometimes take 2 or more sysprep attempts until all are deleted.
     
    cereberus, Mar 6, 2018
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  7. Oh, that's great news. Earlier I could not skip the vhd part.
     
    slicendice, Mar 6, 2018
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  8. cereberus Win User

    Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines

    Yeah basically, you can backup vms as is now - no need to detach vhds.
     
    cereberus, Mar 6, 2018
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  9. *Thumbs
     
    slicendice, Apr 5, 2018
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