Configuring Hyper-V Backup with BDRSuite – Step-by-Step


Securing data in virtual environments is imperative in the digital era, especially for entities leveraging Microsoft’s Hyper-V for virtualization. Meet BDRSuite, your reliable ally for backing up Hyper-V virtual machines, a crucial stride towards thwarting data loss and ensuring swift recovery during adversities.

Setting up BDRSuite for Hyper-V Backup

  1. BDRSuite Backup Server Setup:
    • Embark on your backup journey by installing the BDRSuite Backup Server. Here are some important considerations for a smooth setup:
      • System Requirements: Ensure your system meets the required specifications for BDRSuite. This typically includes checking the operating system compatibility, processor, memory, and disk space.
      • Installation: Follow the step-by-step instructions for installing the BDRSuite Backup Server. This may include downloading the installer, running it with the necessary privileges, and following the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
      • Configuration: Configure the BDRSuite Backup Server to suit your environment once installed. This may include setting up network configurations, defining storage repositories, and configuring backup schedules.
  2. BDRSuite Backup Repository Setup:
    • Establishing a backup repository is a straightforward process:
      1. Navigate to Infrastructure, choose Backup Repository, and click ‘Create New Backup Repository.’
      2. Provide a name for your backup repository, adhering to the character guidelines.
      3. Select a storage volume or multiple volumes from the available list on the BDR Backup Server for your backup repository.
      4. Verify the selected storage volumes’ free space before clicking the ‘Create’ button to finalize your backup repository setup.
    • Once created, your backup repositories can be configured as the backup data destination while creating backup jobs.
  3. Adding Hyper-V as a Data Source:
    • Incorporate Hyper-V as a data source in BDRSuite effortlessly. Open the BDRSuite management console, navigate to “VMware/Hyper-V/Windows/Linux” in the top menu bar, and proceed to Data Sources to add Hyper-V. Delve into more details here.

Configuring Backup for Hyper-V VMs

  1. Initiating a Backup Job:
    • Launch a new backup job via the BDRSuite management console, navigate to “Data Center, Private Cloud & Endpoints” in the top menu bar, and then to Backup. Naming your backup job, selecting a backup repository, and choosing the Hyper-V VMs to back up are essential steps in this phase.
  2. Configuring Backup Settings:
    • Tailor your backup settings by selecting exclusions, defining guest processing options, and setting up the backup job schedule. Incremental and synthetic backup schedules are available for optimizing backup performance and storage utilization.

Best Practices

  1. Configuring Virtual Machines and Disk Exclusion:
    • Exclude specific disks or VMs at host or VM level to tailor the backup process. It is especially useful for excluding non-essential data or focusing on system disks containing critical configurations and OS files.
  2. Guest Processing – Application-Aware Processing:
    • Enable Application-Aware processing for high-end application servers like Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, etc., ensuring data consistency during backups by interacting with Microsoft VSS.
  3. Scheduling Backup:
    • The initial backup is a full backup, with subsequent backups scheduled as per requirements. Frequency options include every 15 minutes, daily, or weekly, catering to different Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs).
  4. Configuring Settings and Retention Policies:
    • Utilize separate storage for backup jobs, avoiding mixing with production data. Configure retention policies to manage storage efficiently and ensure data integrity over time.
  5. Encryption Best Practices:
    • Employ AES-256-bit encryption for data security both at rest and in transit. Custom password settings offer extended protection and are required during recovery.
  6. Reviewing Your Selections:
    • Review backup job details in the summary page, ensuring a unique name for each backup job for easy identification and future references.
  7. Hyper-V Backup Anatomy: Full and Incremental backup:
    • Understanding the workflow of full and incremental backups, from the initial configuration to the completion of backup jobs, ensures efficient disk space utilization and successful data restoration.

Additional Tips for Hyper-V Backup

Explore manual methods of backing up Hyper-V VMs as elucidated in the BDRSuite blog, covering the Stop-Copy-Transfer method and the utilization of Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for hot backup. A salient point is the importance of not substituting Hyper-V Checkpoints for genuine backups, underscoring the necessity of a dedicated backup solution like BDRSuite.


This guide meticulously outlines the process of configuring Hyper-V Backup with BDRSuite. Each step is a building block towards fortifying your virtual environment against data threats, ushering in a realm of data security and serenity. The endeavor not only shields your data from unforeseen adversities but also arms you with a robust recovery mechanism. Adopting BDRSuite for your Hyper-V backup requisites is a judicious choice, thanks to its comprehensive features and user-centric design. The simplicity of setup, coupled with the assurance of data protection, renders BDRSuite an indispensable asset in your data management toolkit.

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