The advent of virtualization platforms has completely transformed the way files were backed up in the past.
Hyper-V is a virtual machine that requires a guest-level backup to keep files and folders of the guest VMs safe. With Hyper-V backup, files can be accessed while they are being executed and can be saved on tapes, disks or even in the cloud.
If you are an MSP offering Hyper-V backup to your customers, you need to stay on top of your game. Any oversight on your part can prove to be quite costly.
Here are 6 tips for MSPs regarding Hyper-V backup:
1. Employ Special Backup Software
Many Managed Service Providers use scripts for backing up on virtual machines. This is not a good practice as these scripts lack essential capabilities, such as error detection, file verification, etc.
That’s the reason a dedicated and specialized software should be used. This tool can respond well to changes and upgrades and is more reliable.
2. Make Sure You Regularly Backup
This one’s pretty obvious. Although virtual platforms are free from physical limitations, they might crash or the software might corrupt.
Regularly backing up data will ensure that you have the most recent data available for your client.
3. Do Not Expand Virtual Disks Often
Adding virtual machines can slow down the process of backup. This is because the host needs to search through different disks to find where data is located and then, back it up.
4. Make Sure that Hyper-V Integration Services Stay Current
It is very important that the host and Hyper-V machine communicate effectively. This is where Hyper-V integration services come into play. It is through the integration components that backup signals pass from the host to the machine. What’s more, the integration services also allow for live backup.
5. Choose Appropriate Compression Mode
Depending on the amount of data you want to backup and the hardware you have, you should choose a suitable compression mode. This might take a bit of experimentation.
Opting for a higher compression rate may cost you more, but it can utilize storage space better without a big increase in time.
6. Keep Installing Windows Update
Installing Windows updates on VMs is important because not only does it protect servers from malicious intent, it is also a better version altogether.
There are quite a few reported bugs and the great thing about Microsoft is that it fixes them and doles out improved updates.
With a team of savvy tech professionals, Ahsay offers a comprehensive Hyper-V backup and recovery solution which helps MSPs provide a safe virtual environment to their customers.