Altaro Hyper-V Backup – Create a Backup Schedule

In the previous posts I have covered the installation process (both basic and advanced) for the Altaro Hyper-V Backup. Now that we have everything installed, lets begin backup.

I have a single Hyper-V host which I have installed 2 components on:

  • Altaro Hyper-V backup agent
  • Altaro Hyper-V backup server

The management tools are installed on my personal machine.

If you are wondering how to install different components on different machine take a look at my previous post:

When launching the management tools on my workstation I’m asked to connect to the remote server.

Provide the information of your server. If you put the servers’ name, make sure you have DNS translation. Also, if you have changed the default port please change it here accordingly.

Altaro_remote_login

Once you connect to the server you will first see that first backup is still pending (top right corner).

Altaro_first_backup_pending

Now, first thing first. We start by configuring the backup destination.

Altaro can perform backup to the following locations:

  • USB External Drives
  • eSata External Drives
  • USB Flash Drives
  • Fileserver Network Shares using UNC Paths
  • NAS devices (Network Attached Storage) using UNC Paths
  • PC Internal Hard Drives (recommended only for evaluation purposes)
  • RDX Cartridges

In this example, I will perform the backup to a NAS device. I have a third server in my lab and I have created a share for this purpose.

Altaro_backup_destination

Altaro_NAS_destination

Altaro_NAS_creds

The next step is to configure the backup.

Choose which VM’s to backup – can be done on the ‘Select Hyper-V guest VMs’ menu.

Altaro_backup_vm

Enable/Disable compression & Encryption – If you choose to encrypt the backup make sure you create an encryption key.

Altaro_backup_encryption

Backup Schedule – schedule the backups of the VM. When you install the product a default schedule is created. This schedule performs a backup every day at 01:00 AM. You can either change this schedule or create one of your own by choosing ‘Add’ on the top right corner. Once backup schedule is created, simply drag your VM to this schedule. In this example I’m going to stick with the default schedule.

Altaro_schedule_backup

Retention Policy – the next step is to set how far back we want to keep a certain backup. Make sure you set this option according to your backup regulations. Saving too far back will mean more storage space required for backup’s. On this screen you simply drag and drop the VM on the retention chosen.

Altaro_backup_retention

Last but not least – notification. Altaro can notify you after once scheduled backup completes its run. You can choose to be notified on every task or errors only. Just make sure you enter your SMTP server details correctly.

Altaro_SMTP_Notification

You can also configure Event log notification, in case you don’t have SMTP server’s details.

Altaro_event_notification

That’s it! You now have a working backup schedule!

On my next post I will cover some basic restoration tasks.

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