In this post, we will see the details of Hyper-V backup step by step installation and configuration guide. I have 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. I’ll cover the installation, configuration, VM backup, backup retention and VM backup health check in this blog post.
I’ve covered the all topics mentioned above in the video tutorial here
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 new 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 here. In general, this version will give you considerable 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 SCCM infra structure 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 Setup backup location for each Hyper-V VM. You can provide network location and external hard disk. Setting up backup location is just easy. Altaro backup automatically discover the external hard disk or USBs connected to your Hyper-V server. You can just drag and drop your VMs to 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 setup 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 last stage which I’m going to cover in this post. This is all about taking the backup of Hyper-V VMs using Altaro backup solution. When you click on “+” symbol on the right side of your VM and click on “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 completed. Schedule Test Drills and Test – Verify backups options are for automating validation of Hyper-V VMs backup. There are useful out of box reports which will provide you the details about the Altaro Backup jobs which are completed.
Retention policies are useful to automat 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 system. There are 8 Altaro Services running on the hyper-v server.
I covered installation, configuration, VM backup, backup retention and VM backup health check in this post. In the later post, I will cover the recover options of Altaro VM Backup solution in details. 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 most favourite option in Altaro VM backup. Stay tuned for the next post restore topic.