How to Backup a Virtual Machine (VM) with AOMEI Backupper?

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

Nowadays many people use virtual machine (VM) to store data. Once reinstalling system, the VM data will lose if not backing up. Therefore, backing up a virtual machine is very necessary.

Why to Backup a Virtual Machine?

With the number of server virtualization’s growth, backing up and protecting them has become more and more important question. If you have hundreds of virtual machines, once the system crashes, or other accidents happen, and you didn’t backup virtual machine effectively and reasonably, then your losses will be incalculable. Therefore, VM backup is impending.

Resource management of data center is complex. To ensure that the virtual machine is always available, ensure rapid disaster recovery and reliable fault recovery capability, it needs many skills. IT administrators can't simply copy each virtual server, and they need to select virtual server backup products. How to backup a virtual machine? What are the choices and methods?

Three Ways to Backup a Virtual Machine

Backup VM as a Physical Machine with AOMEI Backupper Standard

Virtual machine provides customers a complete operating system based on virtual hardware. It is similar to real computers; consequently, you can use the backup software in VM to backup a virtual machine. In each VM, you can install a backup agent program and back up data to other backup servers through network. Or you can copy the data manually or use the script to copy to another machine.

In VM, you can choose AOMEI Backupper Standard to backup files, folders, VM system, and partitions and disk; it also can create incremental and differential backups. It is the same as in a real computer. You can finish backup and restore very easily.

Backup VM files with AOMEI Backupper

In fact, you can look VM as a file in a real computer which contains many .vmdk files. These .vmdk files can be backed up quickly. It is easier and doesn’t run VM to back up data. The method is the same as backing up files. Once the VM system crashed, you can restore from the .vmdk file backup images.

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Create a snapshot for VM

In addition to the above ways, there is a very useful and fast way to backup VM. It is to create a snapshot. The snapshot can captures state, data and configuration of hardware of the running virtual machine. By using the snapshot, you can quickly, conveniently restore virtual machine to its previous state. The snapshot data files are stored as .Avhd files. If you create multiple snapshots, it will obtain much storage space.

In summary, backing up a virtual machine is very easy with AOMEI Backupper. No matter which method, it can help you to backup VM fast and effectively, and you can do according to your own needs. Virtual machine can be stored to an external device, USB, CD/DVD, NAS etc. It is the same as backing up a real computer. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard.