Backing up Windows 2008 R2 cluster shared volumes

Backup Exec supports backing up and restoring Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 cluster shared volumes.

After it detects each cluster shared volume, Backup Exec places each volume under the cluster name where the shared volume resides. Cluster names appear under Windows Systems in the backup selections pane.


You can also add cluster names in User-defined Selections.

See Backing up Windows 2008 R2 cluster shared volumes.


You cannot view properties for cluster shared volumes when you browse Windows Server 2008 R2 clusters from a media server that runs Windows XP/Server 2003. However, cluster shared volume properties can be seen when Backup Exec is installed on a computer that runs Windows Server 2008 or later.

To back up Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V files, Symantec recommends that you use the Symantec Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V.

To restore Windows 2008 R2 cluster shared volumes, use normal restore procedures.

See About restoring data to a Microsoft cluster.

To back up Windows 2008 R2 cluster shared volumes

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

  2. Click New Backup Job.

  3. From the backup selections pane, expand Windows Systems.

  4. Select the cluster where the cluster shared volumes reside.

  5. Select the cluster share volumes that you want to back up.

  6. If you created a device pool for the cluster, select it as the default destination device.

    The device pool that you select as the default destination device ensures that jobs successfully restart on the failover node if a failover occurs.

    See Creating device pools for Microsoft Cluster Servers.

  7. Select additional backup job options, if appropriate.

    See Creating a backup job by setting job properties.

  8. Do one of the following:

    To run the job now

    Click Run Now.

    To schedule the job to run later

    Do the following in the order listed:

    • In the Properties pane, under Frequency, click Schedule.

    • Set the schedule options.

      See Scheduling jobs.

    • Click Submit.

Backing up Windows 2008 R2 cluster shared volumes