To setup the Windows Server Backup in Windows 2008 upwards, to support the Hyper-V VSS writer, one must follow the following steps.
After installing the Windows Server Backup and it’s Command-line tools under the Features section in the Server Manager, follow the follwing steps:
Open Command Line or type
VSSADMIN List Writer >C:\vss.txt
Note: This will save a text file with all the VSS information.
VSS.TXT and find the Writer
GUID from the section
Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer
GUID to the clipboard
Open Registry Manager by running
Find the following key:
If there isn’t a key
WindowsServerBackup, create it. Then under it, create another key
Application Support. Under that, creat a new key with the GUID of the VSS Writer we copied from the text file.
An example of the GUID is
After you have created this key with the GUID, Create a new value under it calling it
Hyper-V VSS Writer. Make sure it’s of type
REGSV using a String Value.
Some notes when it comes to restore:
When affecting restores make sure you select application based restore.
You will not be able to restore a file from a Virtual Machine, you will have to restore all the machine.