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Creating a Hyper-V Rapid Recovery Backup Set

Hyper-V Rapid Recovery backup sets allow for much faster restore times than Hyper-V Standard backup sets.  You can also perform object-level restores from Hyper-V Rapid Recovery backups.  Rapid Recovery backup sets can only be stored locally, unlike Hyper-V Standard backup sets.  Hyper-V Rapid Recovery is designed to back up Hyper-V virtual machines frequently and restore quickly.  This guide will show you how to set up a Hyper-V Rapid Recovery backup set.



The following prerequisites should be met in order to ensure Hyper-V backups run successfully.

  1. The Backup Agent must be installed directly on the Hyper-V host which houses the virtual machines you want to back up.

  2. The virtual machines you intend to back up must have Integration Services up-to-date.

  3. The virtual machines you intend to back up cannot have any dynamic volumes at the guest level.  The virtual hard drive can be dynamic (host level) since this requirement only applies to how the volumes within a virtual machine are formatted.

  4. (Optional But Recommended) Have the Backup Agent service run with local administrator rights.

Note:  Intronis cannot currently back up clustered Hyper-V hosts.  If you plan on backing up Hyper-V virtual machines housed on clustered hosts, we recommend you install the Backup Agent on each individual virtual machine and create an Image backup set.

Creating a Hyper-V Rapid Recovery Backup Set

  1. hypervrapidrecoverysetup1.pngLog into the management portal and go to the Manage tab.  Navigate to the computer account to which you want to add a Hyper-V Rapid Recovery backup set.

  2. Go to the Backup tab and click on the button next to Hyper-V Rapid Recovery in the Backup Type section.

  3. First, set the name of this new backup set by clicking on the name at the top or on the button next it.

  4. Choose a path where the backups will be stored by typing the UNC path in the Path: field at the top or by using the Browse... option.

  5. Choose which virtual machines you want included in the backup set and hit Next.  If a virtual machine on the list is grayed-out, that virtual machine is likely included in another Hyper-V Rapid Recovery backup set or is incompatible with Hyper-V backups.  Check this resource for compatibility concerns.

  6. hypervrapidrecoverysetup2.png Set a schedule for the backups by choosing a recurrence interval (minutes, hours, days, or weeks) and either how often the backup will run or on which days the backup will run.  If you want to add more than one schedule, click the Add New button.

    Keep in mind that if multiple Hyper-V backup sets (Standard or Rapid Recovery) run concurrently, all those involved will be slowed down.  Additionally, it is strongly recommended a Hyper-V Standard backup and a Hyper-V Rapid Recovery backup of the same virtual machine not overlap.

    Hit Next to proceed.

  7. hypervrapidrecoverysetup3.pngOn the Retention tab, choose how many versions you wish to keep.  Under the Notes section, you can see, based on how often the backup runs, how far back in time you will have restorable versions for.

    Click Next to continue.

  8. On the Advancedhypervrapidrecoverysetup4.png page, choose a temporary folder location. Your temporary folder location will only need 1-2 GB of free space.  Then, pick whether or not you want to Enable Offline Backup Support.

    To see a summary of the backup set settings, hit Next or click on the Create Backup Set button to finalize the backup set.


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