Book review from Hyper-V Best Practices written by Benedict Berger

Today I want to write about my opinion on the “Hyper-V Best Practices” written by Benedict Berger and published via Packt Publishing. This book is my 4th I review within one year.

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At first let me tell something about my relation to the autor and the publisher. I know Benedict since 2 years and we hve good business and personal relationship to each other. So thats the reason why he asked me to give him my true and polite opinion about his book. Which I will do within this blogpost. I know Benedict as an high expert on Microsoft Hyper-V und private Cloud topics and was honored from Microsoft with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for his know how.

My way to packt Publishing was a bit different. A few months ago, they asked me if I would volunteer as content reviewer for a book about System Center VMM and Appcontroller that will be released on the 28th of January.

Now the over all view. The book is written for readers who already have first experiances with Hyper-V and want to deepen them. The book is written with many real life, best practice and personal experiences from Benedict. The whole code and examples written in the book are correct and work well. This is also because of the great expert reviewers like Ben ArmstrongCarsten Rachfahl and Charbel Nemnon who double checked the content. 🙂


Let me show you the table of content, so that you can see which topics are covered. I would highly recommand the book to all who are interested in Microsoft virtualization.

You can now order the book at Packt Publishing as eBook (currently 5€) and on & as paperback (currently 26€).




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.


@PacktPub Packt 5 Dollar campaign & eBook Deals

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