Altaro Hyper-V Backup – basic installation

In the next several posts I will be covering the installation and configuration of the Hyper-V Backup solution software by Altaro.

Altaro provide a simple solution to backup Hyper-V servers with simple user friendly interface at a very low cost, making it a perfect solution for SMB’s I will add a full review on the product in later posts. Now lets dive into the installation.

Altaro offers 3 versions of basically the same product:

  • Free version of their Hyper-V Backup solution – can backup up to 2 VM’s per each host..
  • Standard version of the Hyper-V Backup – 5 VM’s per hosts.
  • Unlimited Hyper-V Backup – as the name suggests, unlimited number of VM’s per hosts. This is actually the version to choose if you have a cluster of Hyper-V servers or a single host with a lot of VM’s.

There are some additional differences between the version, for example the unlimited version can be used to restore individual Exchange items and can support local backup destinations. But that’s about it.

To get the installation bits, just go to the Altaro’s website, register for free and download a trial for 30 days.

As you can see the installation file is pretty small (around 56MB) and although you have to install it directly on the Hyper-V hosts, due to its small size it has a very low impact on the server it self.

According to Altaro’s documentation, here’s the minimum system requirements for the installation:

  • 128 MB RAM
  • 100 MB Hard Disk Space (for Altaro Hyper-V Backup Program and Settings files)
  • MS .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MS .NET Framework 4.0 on Windows Server 2012

There are several ways you can install the software – basic approach and more advanced. Lets begin with the most basic, and simplest approach.

All you have to do is to launch the installation (double clicking on the downloaded file) – this is done on the Hyper-V host. You then just follow the wizard and… that’s it!

The basic installation wizard install’s 3 components on the server:

  • The Altaro Hyper-V Backup agent
  • The Altaro Hyper-V Backup server
  • The Altaro Hyper-V Backup management console

That’s about it for this post.

The next post will be focused on advanced installation and some steps on how to troubleshoot if anything goes wrong.

Altaro Hyper-V Backup – advanced installation


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