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Story: Our hosting partner runs our VM in Hyper-V. This VM has now been superseded by a new VM-server. Before we are going to shutdown the old VM I would like to create an archive/backup, that I can boot/install in case we need something.

How can I archive/copy/backup the full Linux server, so that I can restore it later?

  • Host: Hyper-V
  • Guest: CentOS 7.2
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    Download the virtual hdd and the configuration of the vm – Ramhound Sep 15 '17 at 7:50
  • You could also tar the entire filesystem, makes it easier to go through individual files. – mtak Sep 15 '17 at 8:58
  • The VM is a web server with PHP and MySQL. If I need it one day, it's likely that I need a bootable version with MySQL running. Is it possible to restore a Linux system from tar? – cundd Sep 15 '17 at 10:30
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    Possible duplicate of Copy entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another – vera Sep 15 '17 at 11:01
  • Would Veeam work for this? Especially as it zips the image and can mount it in its own internal VM for recovery if needed. – music2myear Sep 19 '17 at 23:07

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