Free Hyper-V Backup

Looking for a solid backup solution for Microsoft Hyper-V? Altaro VM Backup – Free Edition is an award-winning backup software for Microsoft Hyper-V that is easy to use and gives you all you need to cover the basics for free, forever.

Protect up to two VMs per host, for unlimited hosts!


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Back up Hyper-V VMs without interruption

Back up live VMs easily without having to stop them, through Microsoft’s Hyper-V VSS Writer. Hot backups at the click of a button.

Easy on disk space and FAST OnePass Restores

Backup performance in Altaro VM Backup – Free Edition is already optimized for speed and size, and with advanced compression you can save even more time/space. Restores are quicker than ever with OnePass Restore, for quick recovery when you’re having a bad day.

Flexible backup scheduling

Automating your Hyper-V VM backups has never been easier. Create a flexible backup schedule for all of your VMs. Simply drag and drop VMs into specific schedules, save and you’re set.

Restore clones

With Altaro VM Backup – Free Edition you can easily restore VMs to the same Hyper-V Host with a different name. That way you can easily clone live VMs without overwriting anything. Great tool for maintenance.

Back up SQL, Exchange Server and Linux VMs

Altaro VM Backup – Free Edition enables you to back up your SQL and Exchange VMs (and any other applications compatible with Microsoft’s Hyper-V VSS Writer). Linux VMs are also supported.

You get all this functionality for free, forever, for two VMs per host. No strings attached – no obligations whatsoever.

OS Support

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Win Server 2016 (coming soon)
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server (Core)

*Also supported:

  • VMware vCenter 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 & 6.0
  • VMware vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 & 6.0
  • VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 & 6.0
  • (Free VMware ESXi is not supported)


  • None
  • No SQL Required
  • No need for additional Windows Licences

Why use Altaro VM Backup as your free Hyper-V backup solution?

  1. Our software was built to make backing up Hyper-V VMs super easy. We take care of the complexities to help save you time and hassle
  2. Altaro VM Backup – Free Edition has a proven track record and does what it says. Windows Backup and PS scripting only gets you so far, and doesn’t give you much confidence.
  3. If your requirements grow, a paid license is fairly priced. A paid license of Altaro VM Backup starts at just $395 / €325 / £290 per host (not per socket, CPU or VM) and includes one year of Support and maintenance (SMA). SMA renewals are charged at just 25% of the initial license fee. Educational and NGO discounts are offered too!
  4. Our 30,000+ customers are delighted with our software. See what they have to say on SpiceWorks.

What backup media does Altaro VM Backup – Free Edition support?

  • USB External Drives and Flash Drives
  • eSata External Drives
  • File Server Network Shares (via UNC)
  • NAS devices (via UNC)
  • RDX Cartridges
  • Internal Hard Drives (recommended only for evaluation purposes)

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