In this article, we will show some options for backing up virtual machines on a KVM hypervisor, as well as recovery scenarios. I would like to note that there are no convenient backup tools for KVM, and every administrator uses their own methods and scripts. There are two backup scenarios in KVM: when a VM is stopped (the easiest one, but rarely used) and without stopping the virtual machine.
After installing Windows guest in a virtual machine on a KVM host, you must install the correct device drivers for virtual hardware (KVM VirtIO drivers). Without these drivers, guest Windows won’t be able to recognize virtual network adapters and a number of other virtual hardware.