During my test of Altaro Backup for Hyper-V I also used the central management feature for the backup. Now I want to know how you can configure it.
At first, I tried it out with the free version. You can use the standard and ultimate features during the first 30 days before the trial version failes back to the free version. You can download the free version here.
If you want to use the feature in production, you need to buy a standard or ultimate license for any Hyper-V host.
1. Install the Altaro Backup Client on any Hyper-V host you want to backup and the server you use for central management. The client can be download here.
2. After Installation and reboot, you should check the firewall settings on any host. You should see following services and inbound rules.
Note from Altaro Support:
A reboot is not required, if there is a restart pending then it will ask but it’s not required for Altaro to work.
3. If the firewall is fine, please open the Altaro Backup cofiguration console.
4. Now open the Management Console Remote Access and check the which port is used and you want to use for remote access. Please do not use any port which is already used for the server. By default, Altaro uses port 24253. Next configure user and groups, who can connect to the remoteservers. Please click on “Select Users …”.
5. In the next menu click on “Add” and enter your user and groups that can manage the hosts. There is no active directory browser, that means you need to type in the domain and user or groupname.
6. After clicking ok, it should look like in my picture.
7. After clicking ok, you need to restart the services. Altaro was very gently and implementet a button to do this for us. After clicking “Save Changes and Restart Services”
8. After a short warning, the changes are done and ok.
9. Next step, open the Altaro Hyper-V Backup on your management system
10. Now you should see the nodes which have the management agent installed. Also those clients who have configuration failures and old client version, like in my case.
11. At first, let us correct the errors. To do that, click on “Click here to configure correctly..”
12. Now wizzard opens. When you now click on “Configure Agent” the wizzard will configure the client agent for this node equal to the master and update the agent to the newer version. if only the client is outdated, you can select “Update Agent”.
13. When the update successfully finished, you should see following sceen
14. If the configuration and client version is right, the message for configuration correction should be gone.
15. Now you can scroll down on the left menubar and select “Management Tools” and click on Launch the “Central Management Console…”
16. After clicking, a logon screen appears and you need to enter the credetials of a user account who can manage the hosts.
17. Now you can enter the menu and manage your nodes. I will take a look into the console as soon as I have some more time.
What you should also try out is Altaro Hyper-V Backup. You have a free licences that enables you to backup two VMs. To download the free edition please click on the banner below.