By AOMEI / Last Updated February 27, 2020

Backup Hyper-V Server 2012 with Windows Server Backup

As we know, Windows Server 2012 has a new feature, which is Windows Server Backup (WSB) now has Hyper-V support, that’s meaning you can use it to backup and restore virtual machines running on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. But how do? In order to backup Hyper-V Server 2012 with Windows Server Backup, you can follow these:

Method 1. performing a backup from the server running Hyper-V 2012.

If the backup application is compatible with Hyper-V Server 2012, you can make a full server backup that helps preserve all of the data required to fully restore in the server, except the virtual networks. Most importantly, using this method can make it easier to recover the server backups, because you do not have to recreate virtual machines or reinstall Hyper-V Serve 2012.

Method 2. performing a backup from within the guest operating system of a virtual machine.

If you need to back up data from storage that is not supported by the Hyper-V Server, you can do a backup from the guest operating system of a virtual machine. But you should use it in addition to a full server backup and not as an alternative to a full server backup. Make a backup from within the guest operating system before you perform a full backup of the server running Hyper-V.

Backup Hyper-V Server 2012 with third-party software AOMEI Backupper Server Edition

But you should remember that when it comes to the actual tool you use for backup and restore process in Hyper-V Server 2012, Windows Server Backup is always a good option to consider.

However, it does have its limitations. For example, when backing up the VMs to a network share, it only maintains a single version of the backup set and overwrites the older backup each time. You can get around this by using schedules to target different locations, but because a full backup is performed each time, this workaround is very space inefficient.

So, if you’re looking for more functionality and flexibility, more substantial backup solutions, it is better to use a third-party tool that was specifically designed to backup Hyper-V Server, such as AOMEI Backupper Server Edition.

AOMEI Backupper Server Edition helps you make backing up and restoring Hyper-V Server 2012 easier and faster, with an intuitive user interface that is designed for ease of use. So you don’t need to deal with complex configurations, or frustratingly try to figure out how to get things done.

Moreover, it doesn’t take too long time for backup process. Now, you can follow these steps to backup Hyper-V Server 2012 by AOMEI Backupper Server Edition.

1. Click "Backup", then "System Backup" to start this operation. Here take system backup as an example.

System Backup

2. AOMEI Backupper will automatically choose the system partition. Click to customize your own choice (you can choose anywhere for your backup image files).

Select Backup Destination

With flexible backup method and powerful function of backup, AOMEI Backupper has been considered to be perfect software. So, if you’d like to make backing up your Hyper-V Server 2012 easy, fast and reliable, it is advisable to choose this software for backup Windows Server 2003/2008/2012. Download the 30-day free trial to evaluate.