ShadowProtect SPX Virtual Boot to Hyper-V 2012 R2

In this tutorial, we will have a look on how the ShadowProtect SPX Virtual Boot to Hyper-V 2012 R2 works

The machines backup by StorageCraft SPX is running on vSphere 6 and we will restored it to Hyper-V 2012 R2 

Login to Hyper-V 2012 R2 Server using RDP

PS C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\spx> ./spx_gui.exe – to launch SPX Console 

Go to “Tools” > ” Image Chain Browser” and Select the Mapped Destination Disk where the Backup Images Stored

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Select the Backup Images (Either Full or Incremental) files and click on “Virtual Boot” 

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Specify the Machine Name & Allocated RAM for Recovered Machines, and create “Create” to start the recovery process 

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Within less than 1 minutes, Virtual Boot is completed successfully, and the VM is starting in Hyper-V 2012 R2 

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It will take few minutes to boot up to my Windows (I’m running Nested Hyper-V 2012 R2 inside vSphere 6 in my lab) – The Network Card is NOT connected when the VM is booting up 

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Virtual Boot will create a VHD & AVHD in the following location (Default VHD Location for Hyper-V 2012 R2) 

C:\users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual hard disks\virtualboot

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The VHD file will only consume very little space, but the AVHD file will take up some spaces (3.66GB)

We can close the SPX Console, and let the VM running in Hyper-V now 

Some Findings 

  1. Trying to install Hyper-V Integration Service, but it show “unsupported Windows version”
  2. During the testing, we had changed the Administrator Password, and it seem like Hyper-V is having issue to connect to the M-AD02 E Drive where StorageCarft Backup Image Store. We had to manually remove the Disk and reconnect again using the new Password, then, everything is back to normal. 
  3. The VM can be rebooted and shutdown and startup again without any issues 

I had downloaded to test the Restoration of System Volume, and will update again soon 

  • StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform ISO – For Linux 
  • StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder – For Windows 

Reference link 

  1. https://www.storagecraft.com/support/book/shadowprotect-user-guide/using-virtualboot
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