Creating a Virtualization Client (Microsoft Hyper-V)

Create a new virtualization client to manage backup and restore operations for virtual machines on a standalone Hyper-V server or a Hyper-V cluster. If you have multiple clusters or multiple standalone servers, create a virtualization client for each one.

Before You Begin

Complete the following requirements:

  • Review Client Configuration.
  • Install the Virtual Server Agent on the Hyper-V server. If using a Hyper-V cluster setup, install the Virtual Server Agent on all Hyper-V servers in a cluster. For details, review the following instructions:
  • Obtain the user credentials to access the Hyper-V server from your Hyper-V administrator. The user must be part of the following administrator groups on the Hyper-V host:
    • Local Administrators group (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2)
    • Any user that are part of Hyper-V Administrators group (for Hyper-V Server 2012 and later)

    For a Hyper-V cluster, the user account must have full Cluster Permissions (Read and Full Control).


  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the Client Computers node and click New Client > Virtualization > Microsoft Hyper-V.

    The Create Microsoft Hyper-V Client dialog box is displayed.

  2. In the Client Name box, enter a unique client name to describe the virtualization client.

    Note: If you are using the host name of an existing client, the virtualization instance is created under the specific client node.

  3. In the User Name and Password boxes, enter the user account credentials to access the Hyper-V server.
  4. In the Confirm Password box, re-confirm the password for the user account.
  5. Click Add to identify one or more Hyper-V client nodes.
  6. In the Select Clients / Client Groups dialog box, choose Hyper-V servers to act as VSA proxies.

    After adding a virtualization client in V11, you can only specify VSA proxies that are also V11.

    Only proxies that match the type of the virtualization client are displayed.
    1. In the Exclude list, select the Hyper-V server with the Virtual Server Agent installed. If using a Hyper-V cluster setup, you can select one or more hyper-v nodes in the cluster with the Virtual Server Agent installed.

      The list displays all the Hyper-V servers that have the Virtual Server Agent installed and all the client groups. When you select a client group, ensure that at least one client in the group is a Hyper-V server with the Virtual Server Agent installed.

      The first node acts as a coordinator that allocates jobs to other proxy nodes.

    2. Click Include and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to create the virtualization client.

What To Do Next

By default, the default subclient backs up all the virtual machines in the standalone Hyper-V server or Hyper-V cluster. To change this behavior, see Adding a User-Defined Subclient.