Q. Can I use any backup software to backup virtual machines (VMs) from a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV)?

A. There are some additional steps backup applications need to perform to back up VMs from a CSV. All major backup software applications are currently undertaking these steps or have already completed them. You should check with your backup vendor to see if they support CSV, and if not, if there is a patch or update planned.

Sadly, the Windows Backup in-box backup applications don't currently support CSV.

If your backup software doesn't support CSV, make sure you back up your VMs from within the guests. Make sure you back up both system state and application data.

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