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Free VM backup for 2 VMs per host, forever – our way of assisting micro businesses.

Download your VM Backup Free Edition Software

Looking for a freeware backup solution for Microsoft Hyper-V and/or VMware? Altaro VM Backup – Free Edition is an award-winning backup software solution for virtual machines (VMs) that is easy to use. It gives you all you need to enjoy VM backup solution basics for free, forever.

If you are looking for the full paid edition, with far greater functionality, click here!

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

  • Our software was built to make backing up your VMs super easy, whether you use Hyper-V, VMware or both. We take care of the complexities to help save you time and hassle.
  • Altaro VM Backup has a proven track record and does what it promises. For Hyper-V users, Windows Backup and PS scripting only gets you so far and doesn't give you much confidence.
  • If your requirements grow, a paid license is fairly priced. A paid license of Altaro VM Backup starts at just $595 per host (not per socket, CPU or VM) and includes one year of our Lightning-Fast Call Response Guarantee of under 30 seconds, and maintenance (SMA) Educational and NGO discounts are offered on new licenses.
  • Our 50,000+ business customers worldwide are delighted with our software and trust us to have their back when it comes to data protection. Click here to see for yourself what they think of Altaro VM backup!
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What are the benefits of Altaro's free VMware and Hyper-V Backup solution?

Reliable backup for live VMs

Back up live VMs easily without having to stop them. Make hot backups at the click of a button.

Small backups, fast restores

Altaro's VM Backup freeware is optimized for fast backups and restores. Save on disk space and boost performance by using advanced compression on your VMware and Hyper-V VM backups. Restores are optimized by OnePass Restore, to get you out of trouble in no time.

Back up SQL, Exchange Server and Linux VMs

This free Hyper-V backup and free VMware backup software enables you to back up your SQL and Exchange VMs (and any other applications compatible with Microsoft's Hyper-V VSS Writer). You can also back up Linux VMs.

Flexible backup scheduling

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

Restore clones

Need to work on a live VM without affecting its performance, interrupting its users or overwriting anything? Just create a clone and rename it for quick access and preparation of your live VM replacement.

Free backup for 2 VMs per host

You can run Altaro VM Backup - Free Edition on Unlimited hosts, protecting up to 2 VMs for each. No Strings attached - no obligations whatsoever.

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

Altaro VM Backup is a VMware backup solution that is also tailormade for Hyper-V backups. It supports the following backup media:

  • 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)

Seeking enterprise-level VM Backup functionality?

Upgrade to one of our paid editions today and enjoy features like WAN-Optimized Replication, Continuous Data Protection, Augmented Inline Deduplication, Cloud Backup to Microsoft Azure, Multi-Tenant Management and much more!

Interested in our paid editions? Click here!

Whether you're a small or mid-market business or a large corporation, Altaro is provider of choice for backup solutions for Hyper-V, VMware and Office 365

Free for 2 VMs forever. Get started in a few minutes.
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What operating systems (OS) does Altaro's freeware VM backup support?

OS Support

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server (Core)
  • VMware vCenter 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7
  • VMware vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7
  • VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7
  • (Free VMware ESXi is not supported)
  • Dependencies
  • None
  • No SQL Required
  • No need for additional Windows Licences