Backing up data by using the Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

When you create a backup job for Microsoft Hyper-V, Full is the only available backup method. Even though a full image backup is created, Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) enables individual files and folders to be restored. GRT is enabled by default for individual files and folders on virtual machines and for individual items from VSS-aware applications that reside on virtual machines. VSS-aware applications include Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and Active Directory. By default, Backup Exec uses the resource credentials of the parent virtual machine.


Only the files that reside on the virtual server are backed up. Virtual machines that have remote .vhd files are excluded from the backup job. You can use the Remote Agent for Windows Systems and the appropriate Backup Exec agent to protect virtual machines that have remote .vhd files.

To back up data by using the Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V

  1. On the navigation bar, click the arrow next to Backup.

  2. Click New Backup Job.

  3. In the Propeties pane, under Source, click Selections.

  4. Select the resources you want to back up.

    See About backup selections for Microsoft Hyper-V.

  5. In the Properties pane, under Settings, click Microsoft Hyper-V.

  6. Select the appropriate options for this backup job.

    See Microsoft Hyper-V backup options.

  7. To change the setting for granular recovery for VSS-aware applications that are installed on virtual machines, click Edit.

    See Virtual Machine Application Granular Recovery Technology Settings.

  8. Start the backup job or select other backup options from the Properties pane.

Backing up data by using the Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V