You can perform backups automatically based on the configuration for a hypervisor or VM group, or manually for a VM group or a specific VM.
The first backup of a VM is always a full backup. By default, all subsequent backups are incremental, capturing any changes to VM data since the last backup.
You can always recover a full VM or guest files, even when the most recent backup was incremental.
Backups run based on the following options:
Initial full backup: When you use Guided setup to set up the Virtualization solution, use the Back up now option to perform a backup for the default VM group.
Scheduled incremental backups: The server backup plan that is assigned to a VM group includes a schedule for ongoing incremental backups. Those backups are performed automatically based on the schedule, without requiring any user action.
Manual backups: You can perform on-demand backups for a VM group or for a specific VM:
From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.
The Virtual machines page appears.
To back up a specific VM, click the button in the Actions column for the VM, and then select Back up.
To back up all of the VMs in a VM group, on the VM groups tab, click the button in the Actions column for the VM group, and then select Back up.
To monitor the progress of a backup job, in the navigation pane, go to Jobs.