Simplest way to backup Hyper-v VMs RRS feed

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  • <p>Hi Gentle People,</p>
    <p>I have a sever running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise.&nbsp; We use its hyper-v functionality to host two different virtual servers (production &amp; test of the same enviroment).&nbsp; The virtual servers support only one application and its MS-SQL 2005 database.&nbsp; We have Windows Server backup.&nbsp;</p>
    <p>What is the simplest way to make backup copies of these VMs, from which we can recover if we need to?&nbsp; They are not large, both servers live happily in a 20Gb volume on the host server.&nbsp; We do not have an IT department so it needs to be quick or automated, and&nbsp;I would rather not have to stop then restart the VMs each time (unless that can also be automated).</p>
    <p>I have read so many different options and approaches to doing this that I am now totally confused.&nbsp; any removal of mud from these particular waters would be gratefully received.</p>
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 8:35 PM