Free Hyper-V Backup using Vembu VMBackup

February 17, 2017 Off By Hoofer
Article Written by David Marshall

Microsoft Hyper-V is becoming a tough competitor for VMware vSphere ever since Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2.  And Hyper-V has been constantly attracting a lot of users, many of whom are already benefitted by the new and improved function of Hyper-V server.  Setting up a Hyper-V server and creating virtual machines is really an easy and simple task, but creating a backup policy for the VMs running on Hyper-V is still complicated for many IT admins. 

Now that  your organization has created its own private cloud by way of Hyper-V, and you’ve migrated most or all of your physical servers to VMs — and in many cases, you’ve even moved over your mission-critical servers — how do you protect them and keep the organization operational when "stuff happens" and things go wrong?  What, if anytrhing, are you currently using to backup those VMs? 

If your business is currently looking for such a solution, but the budget isn’t where you need it in order to get all the features you require, you should check out the new Vembu VMBackup FREE edition which might just surprise you.


With the latest release of Vembu VMBackup Free Edition, unlimited numbers of virtual machines running on Hyper-V hosts can be easily protected, free of charge.  Vembu has developed its own proprietary driver to backup only the used blocks of Hyper-V VMs in an efficient manner especially with up to 5X improvement in performance over other backup software.

Some of the Vembu feature highlights include:

  • Agentless Hyper-V backup helps to backup all the VMs running in a Hyper-V host without installing the agents on each VMs
  • Supports the VMs located in Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes and the Windows SMB share
  • Hyper-V backups take consistent snapshots of the VMs having highly transactional applications like Exchange, SQL, Active Directory and SharePoint using Microsoft VSS writer and truncate the transaction log files during the backup job
  • Backed up VMs can be recovered to same or different Hyper-V host during any disaster
  • Instant File Recovery helps to restore individual files from the backed up VM without restoring the entire VM
  • Free Vembu Universal Recovery tool helps to restore individual application items from Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory VMs



The full Vembu BDR Suite also comes with a 30 day full feature trial during the evaluation period so you can try out every feature to see what you need and what you don’t.  Once that trial period expires, users can either opt to stay with the free version or upgrade to the paid edition with a license of Vembu BDR Suite based on their business requirements.

Don’t need the extra features?  No problem.  The download includes both free and paid versions, so if you want to stick with the free version, there’s nothing to do.  You will continue to use the free product after the trial expires, and you don’t need to do anything.  And you can always upgrade your environment at a later time by applying a paid license acquired from the Vembu portal.  Simple. 

With this free edition, there are no limits to the number of sockets, VMs or servers being supported.  Even better, if you have a mixed-mode environment, the free Vembu backup software not only works with Hyper-V, it also works with VMware as well as physical workstations and servers.

Here’s a nice check box breakdown of the free vs. paid comparison of Vembu BDR Suite. And here’s a nice PDF that further details Vembu’s free Hyper-V backup solution.

Ready to get started? Click to download the FREE Vembu Hyper-V Backup.


About the Author

David Marshall is an industry recognized virtualization and cloud computing expert, a seven time recipient of the VMware vExpert distinction, and has been heavily involved in the industry for the past 16 years.  To help solve industry challenges, he co-founded and helped start several successful virtualization software companies such as ProTier, Surgient, Hyper9 and Vertiscale. He also spent a few years transforming desktop virtualization while at Virtual Bridges.

David is also a co-author of two very popular server virtualization books: "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and the Technical Editor on Wiley’s "Virtualization for Dummies" and "VMware VI3 for Dummies" books.  David also authored countless articles for a number of well known technical magazines, including: InfoWorld, Virtual-Strategy and TechTarget.  In 2004, he founded the oldest independent virtualization and cloud computing news site,, which he still operates today.

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