Altaro is Hyper-V and VMware VMs backup solution. More details about the latest version of Altaro can be found here. Altaro’s education series provides an excellent white paper to the community about “10 Essential Best Practices for Virtual Server Backups“. In this white paper, Brien Posey (14 times Microsoft MVP) talks about the difference between physical and virtual server backups and what are the 10 things especially we need to take care while backing up virtual servers. Some of the best practices Brien talks about in this white paper is “Backup your Backups“, “create backups in a way that avoids the possibility of the backups being lost during a data loss event“.
Another IT Pro community activity which Altaro provides is educational series via LIVE Webinars. This time, the free webinar is around “Scripting & Automation in Hyper-V without SCVMM“. We all know SCVMM is the solution for Hyper-V VM management but is that solution affordable for small medium sized companies? I don’t think so. So in this webinar, the hosts talk about the ways to manage Hyper-V VMs with PowerShell scripts to automat most of the tasks of Hyper-V management. While SCVMM certainly makes automation much easier, you can achieve a good level of automation with PowerShell and the applicable PowerShell modules for Hyper-V, clustering, storage, and more.