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Arlesterc

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We are looking for some input on the best way to do backups in a HyperV environment to a locally attached USB drive. 

Suppose we have a HyperV host that is doing nothing other than hosting VM's. 

When it comes to backup can think of  at least three options:

1) full bare metal backup via Windows Server backup on the host

2) backup of VM's from the host via Windows Server backup and also backup of the host drive excluding the VM/VHD's so we are not including the  VHD's  twice

3) backup from within the VM's themselves and backup of the host excluding again the VM/VHD's as they are already being backed up via the internal VM backups

For ease of recovery of individual files which would be the best? 

What if any disadvantage would there be for full system recovery using the backup that makes recovery of individual files and folders the easiest?

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For ease of recovery of individual files which would be the best? 

Veeam ;-)

With WSB, you can only recover individual files if you have an explicit backup of the volume those files reside on. So, in order to recover individual files from a VM (to a location outside of said VM) you need to have a backup from within the VM.

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If you are on a budget, take a look at Backup Assist (www.backupassist.com).  Otherwise, Veeam is the superior choice.

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Veeam is by far the best Virtual Environment backup solution. We have been using it for over 4 years and have been more then happy with the product and their support. You license it by host so your able to backup all your vm's. You can do backup jobs but also do replica's for fast recovery in case of an emergency.
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Pay no attention to these other answers.

Veeam!!!

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^ Upstarts - don't know what they are talking about.

Only novices to backup solutions.
I'd try Veeam..oh damn, been mentioned already..

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Veeam is offering a free NFR key to I.T professionals if you guys want to try it out

https://www.veeam.com/blog/how-to-get-free-veeam-nfr-key.html
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