Hey checkyourlogs fans,

Today we are going to see how we can protect the Physical OS Drive of a Hyper-V Host using the free Veeam Agent for Windows. First Download the agent from
https://www.veeam.com/windows-backup-free-download.html. Then Extract the files and launch the setup.


On the Veeam Agent for Microsoft, Windows dialog check the two checkboxes and click Install.


It will take a few minutes for the installation to proceed.


On the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Inset backup target now click skip. However, because the OS is so small storing this on a portal, USB HDD could make sense for smaller customers.


On the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows completion screen, ensure the Run Veeam Recovery Media creation wizard is checked and click Finish.


On the Create Recovery media screen, click Next. Note: You can add additional mass storage drivers at this point. It is just going to inject them into the Windows PE Boot Image that is created.


On the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows dialog that pops up about WIFI, click OK.


On the Create Recovery Media window Image Path type: c:\post-install\VeeamRecoveryMedia_Ghost01.iso and click Next


On the Create Recovery Media Ready to apply window click Create


On the Create Recovery Media Progress window, click Finish.


After the setup completes right click on the system tray ICON for Veeam and click Backup and Configure Backup


On the new Backup Job window name type GHOST01_DailOS_Backup and click Next.


On the New Backup Job, Backup Mode select Volume Level Backup and click Next


On the New Backup Job Volumes select Operating System and click next


On the New, Backup Job Destination, choose Local Storage. For our case, we are going to store the backup locally for now and change the job to a shared folder later. I would recommend sharing this with the Veeam Backup Repository if possible.


On the New, Backup Job Local Storage select q: and type q:\VeeamBackup_GHOSTOS and click Next.


On the New, Backup Job Schedule change the schedule to 10:30 AM and click Apply


On the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, dialog box click ok


On the New, Backup Job summary window select Run the Job when I click Finish and click Finish.


On the dialog box click no


Let the backup job complete, and there you have it a working backup of a Hyper-V Host Server.

In later blog posts, we will show the recovery process to restore a Hyper-V Host from the Veeam Agent-based Backup.


Thanks,

Dave


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