In this post we will install and configure Altaro VM Backup 7.5 whilst taking a look at the some of the key features. Version 7.5 introduces cloud backup to Azure and restore from Azure to Altaro instances in different locations. The Cloud Management Console (CMC) allows for users to monitor and manage all installations of Altaro through an intuitive and easy to use web client accessible anywhere. Support for vSphere 6.5 is also now included, for a full list of the new functionality see this post.
Altaro allows users to backup VMware and Hyper-V environments; taking application and file consistent backups of Windows, Linux, and applications compatible with the Microsoft VSS writer including Exchange and SQL. Backups benefit from compression, inline deduplication, and military grade encryption configurable right down to individual VM level. Granular restores also allow for individual file or email restores, as well as sandbox restores. Furthermore Altaro’s unique Backup Health Monitor proactively monitors backups and automatically repairs or replaces any corruption as part of the next backup job. Advanced automation and reporting can be configured using Altaro’s built in REST API. Altaro has easily accessible pricing and licensing information, and multiple channels to engage technical support including live chat from within the management console itself.
- See the graphic below for a summary of Altaro features for each licensing option. For full product, version, and pricing information click here.
- The Altaro VM Backup Quick Start Guide can be reviewed here, and full product user guides here. Altaro Support and FAQ can be accessed here.
The installation of the main backup console is simple and quick. Download the installer to a Windows machine and run as administrator. Accept the license agreement, set the destination, and hit Install. Altaro VM Backup can run on 64 bit versions of Windows 7, 8, or 10, and Windows Server 2008 R2 through to Windows 2016 (including Hyper-V and Core versions).
Once the install has completed open the management console. The VM Backup management console offers an intuitive user interface, allowing for local or remote management of multiple Altaro instances. In this example we’ll connect to the instance running on the local machine.
After connecting to the new instance the dashboard will load with a handy quick setup workflow.
Step 1 is to add the hosts to backup. In this example we’re using VMware so after clicking Add Hyper V / VMware Host select VMware vCenter Server and Next.
Enter and validate the vCenter Server information using Test Connection, click Next.
Review the hosts detected and click Finish. The hosts and inventory information from the specified vCenter Server are now added to the management console. We can see the host status and number of VMs for each host that has been added.
The product comes with a 30 day fully functioning trial. At any time you can install a license key by clicking Manage License under Setup and Hosts.
Step 2 is to configure a backup location, this can be a physical drive or network path. From the dashboard workflow click Choose Where to Store Backups.
For the purposes of this lab installation we will use the data drive of the Windows server.
Multiple backup locations can be added. Once a backup location is configured you can drag and drop VMs, clusters, datacenters, or vCenters into the appropriate area. After adding a local or LAN based backup location you can also add an offsite location, such as a WAN or Azure target. When the objects you require backing up are all assigned a backup location click Save Changes.
The final step in the workflow is to take our first backup, to take an on demand backup straight away click Take First Backup. Backup schedules and retention policies can be configured from the navigation menu on the left hand side. You’ll also notice Notifications and Advanced Settings where deduplication, encryption, and CBT can be configured on a per object basis, as well as providing the ability to exclude certain drives. Application consistent backups and truncating logs can be enabled under VSS Settings.
Cloud Management Console
The Cloud Management Console (CMC) can be accessed here. When you first login the getting started dashboard will be displayed, use the workflow to link an Altaro VM Backup installation.
A one time access key is generated to link the Cloud Management Console with the Altaro VM Backup installation. From the management console click the CMC button and enter this code to pair the installation with the CMC.
Once CMC is paired with your Altaro VM Backup instance you can monitor and manage the backup environment using the web client. Multiple installations can be added to CMC.