Hyper-V Backup Step by Step Installation Configuration Video Guide Altaro Backup Guide? In this post, we will see the details of the Hyper-V backup step-by-step installation and configuration guide. I have to build a hyper-v server 2016 with three VMs.
This is my new SCCM CB lab, and Altaro VM backup has been installed and configured on that server to take backup of my hyper-v VMs.
The restoration process of Hyper-v VMs from Altaro VM Backup will be covered in the future blog post. This blog post will cover the installation, configuration, VM backup, backup retention, and VM backup health check.
I’ve covered the all topics mentioned above in the video tutorial
Recently, Altaro released Altaro VM Backup v7 with vSphere 6.5 and Windows Server 2016 support, concurrency update, and the new Cloud Management Console; more details here. They have included other features into the latest version of the Altaro VM backup v7 boot VM from Backup and Augmented Inline Deduplication. The new Unlimited Plus Edition also comes with a new online console.
In general, this version will give you considerably increased backup concurrency per Hypervisor, and added with Altaro’s inline deduplication technology; the user can benefit from huge storage space saving and much better backup speeds.
Step1 – Connecting to Hyper-V and Discovering VMS
Hosts – This is the step where the Hyper-v machines have been discovered via Altaro VM backup. I have an SCCM infrastructure setup with this Hyper-V lab. So, Altaro was able to find the 3 VMs as part of STEP 1 discovery.
STEP 2 – Setting up Backup locations for VM backups
Backup Locations – This is the place where we set up a backup location for each Hyper-V VM. You can provide network location and external hard disk. Setting up a backup site is just easy. Altaro backup automatically discovers the external hard disk or USBs connected to your Hyper-V server. You can drag and drop your VMs to a particular backup location, and that is it!
The scheduling of backup tasks for Hyper-V VMs via Altaro Hyper-V backup is very easy. You can set up a retention policy of Hyper-V VMs backups as per your organizational requirement.
Advanced settings will provide you the options to customize and skip IOS files from Hyper-V VM backups. And if your organization has some encryption requirement while backing up VMs, then Altaro has an out-of-box setting to configure encryption of VMs.
STEP 3 – Hyper-V VM Backup, Retention Schedules and Reports
Step 3 is the last stage which I’m going to cover in this post. This is all about taking the backup of Hyper-V VMs using the Altaro backup solution. When you click on the “+” symbol on the right side of your VM and click on the “Take Backup” button, then Altaro will send the instructions to the hypervisor. You can also schedule the Hyper-V VM backups for automation of the backup process.
You can also check and verify the backup which has already been completed. Schedule Test Drills and Test – Verify backups options are for automating the validation of Hyper-V VMs backup. There are useful out-of-box reports that will provide you the details about the Altaro Backup jobs completed.
Retention policies are useful to automate the deletion of old Hyper-V VM backups on a particular schedule. As per my testing, this is very useful to have better storage management. Check out the video tutorial to know more about Altaro services and file systems. 8 Altaro Services are running on the hyper-v server.
This post covered installation, configuration, VM backup, backup retention, and VM backup health check. In the later post, I will cover the recovery options of the Altaro VM Backup solution in detail. Overall I had a great user experience with installation, configuration, and VM backup of Altaro VM Backup. The drag and drop options for VMs are the most favorite option in Altaro VM backup. Stay tuned for the next post restore topic.
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect on enterprise client management with more than 17 years of experience (calculation done in 2018) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, Intune. He writes about technologies like ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, ACD, etc.…