Eventtipp – WEBINAR: Troubleshooting Microsoft Hyper-V – 4 Tales from the Trenches

Hi everybody,

Altaro is again featuring a new Webcast together with my friend Didier better known as Working Hard in IT. They will show you how to troubleshoot Microsoft Hyper-V 🙂 I would highly recommend the event to you.

If you’ve been in IT for any length of time, you’ve likely gotten that phone call that you never want to get: Everything is broken! It’s the end of the world! The sky is falling! Your Hyper-V Host or Cluster is broken and you are the person to fix it!

Where do you start?

What are the most common things to look for?

These are exactly some of the questions we’ll be covering in our next webinar, on February 25th, 2016 at 4pm CET / 10am EST!

Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVPs Didier Van Hoye and Andy Syrewicze will be answering these questions, and will also be sharing some tales from the trenches.

In this webinar you’ll learn Hyper-V troubleshooting basics and solutions to common problems. You’ll also see some Hyper-V oddities that were encountered by Didier and Andy and how these issues were ultimately resolved and with what tools.

It’s one thing to setup and run a virtualization solution. It’s another thing to fix it when it’s broken.

Sign up now to join us on February 25th, 2016 at 4pm CET / 10am EST (30-45mins + live Q&A!) for some tales from the trenches!

If you are interested to watch the cast, you only need to register on the Altaro website. <click here>


Save the Date: WEBINAR | Scripting & Automation in Hyper-V without SCVMM with @ThomasMaurer

Hi everyone,

you should save the 10th December 2015 in your calender’s. My friend Thomas Maurer is presenting some cool Scripting Stuff for Hyper-V together with Altaro. 🙂

Click here to register for the event.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) provides some great automation benefits for those organizations that can afford the hefty price tag. However, if SCVMM isn’t a cost effective solution for your business, what are you to do? While VMM 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.

Are you looking to get grips with automation and scripting?

Join Thomas Maurer, Microsoft Datacenter and Cloud Management MVP, who will use this webinar to show you how to achieve automation in your Hyper-V environments, even if you don’t have SCVMM.

Remember, any task you have to do more than once, should be automated. Bring some sanity to your virtual environment by adding some scripting and automation know-how to your toolbox.

Altaro Training incl. certificate



Hi everybody,

for all of you who are interested in Altaro Backup for Hyper-V. Altaro now offers a free online training incl. a cool certificate. You only need to register on the Altaro Training page.

You can find the training http://training.altaro.com/login/index.php.

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Altaro Webinar Upcoming features in Hyper-V vNext with @JoeElway & @RicksterCDN

Hi Guy’s,

Altaro will host a webinar about Upcoming features in Hyper-V vNext with my personal superheros Mr. Aidan Finn  (@JoeElway) and Rick Claus.

Join us on Thursday, 26th March 2015 at 4PM CET


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How to configure centralized management for Altaro Backup for Hyper-V

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.

Altaro_73. 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 …”.

Altaro_25. 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.

Altaro_36. 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.