By Crystal / Last Updated April 25, 2022

What is virtual machine backup appliance

Virtual machine backup appliance is an efficient tool to back up the entire operating system, configuration, applications and data files.

With the built-in features, it requires that you should commit the snapshots and power off your virtual machines before backup. For VMware backup solution, you can copy VM files, clone or export / import virtual machines manually. For Hyper-V backup, these methods are similarly effective. To protect better data security, it’s necessary to backup virtual machine on a regular basis.

So, for enterprises, backing up virtual machines one by one seems to be very complicated and is difficult for management. You need a professional backup appliance that can automate backup and simplify VM management process.

VM backup appliance

Powerful VMware and Hyper-V backup appliance

AOMEI Cyber Backup is such a software designed for all size of business to backup unlimited VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines with a few simple clicks. It offers central console to manage VM backup and recovery efficiently, which saves time and reduces the centralized management cost. To offer comprehensive VM protection, it owns numerous advantages.

Full compatibility: It supports various operating system including Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10, 11/ Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012 and 2012 R2, 2016, 2019, 2022 / Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, 2016, 2019 / ESXi 6.0 and later version.
Automate backup: Schedule backup task to protect virtual machines automatically and reduce human errors.
Hot backup: It can backup virtual machines in real-time even when the virtual machines are running, which reduces the business downtime.
Centralized VM management: A comprehensive backup and restore plan to manage hosts and virtual machines, and it allows you to manage VM data remotely.
Instant disaster recovery: Once the virtual machine crashes, you can quickly restore the VM to normal state and reduce business-critical downtime.
Economic agentless backup: It backs up numerous virtual machines at host level without installing agent on each VM, reducing O&M costs.

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Hassle-free VM backup solution with AOMEI Cyber Backup

With AOMEI Cyber Backup, you can create a powerful backup plan for your VMware or Hyper-V virtual machines with an affordable cost. In this part, I will use this backup appliance to demonstrate how to backup VMware virtual machines as an example.

1. Download AOMEI Cyber Backup and add your host (VMware ESXi).

add VMware ESXi device

2. Click Backup Task >> Create New Task to create an insurance for your VMs.

VM backup appliance

✦ In the opened wizard, enter a task name and choose VMware ESXi Backup.

VMware backup software

✦ On Device Name pane, select the host and virtual machines you want to backup. It allows you to backup numerous MVs at the same time.

select mutiple VMs for backup

✦ On Target pane, select a destination to store virtual machine files. It offers local or network location. You can connect external hard drive to VM to store the backup files such as a flash drive or USB hard drive, or backup VM to NAS.

backup VM to nas

✦ On Schedule pane, enable backup schedule plan. It offers flexible backup strategies such as full / incremental / differential backup to safeguard VMware data comprehensively. You can specify the backup time as daily / weekly / monthly, which will keep tracking the changed data and offers continuous protection.

schedule VM backup

✦ On Backup Cleanup pane, specify the retention policy as you need that will auto delete obsolete backups, and therefore save storage space.

delete old backups automatically

3. Recovery: click Restore, then choose the restore content and target. If the original VM corrupts, you can restore the entire VM to the previous state including OS, configuration, application, personal data and system state. And it is fast to restore the VM to another host, which doesn’t require any complicated configuration and reinstallation.

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ACB is an efficient VMware backup software which always protects your virtual machines and business security. It reduces business downtime and extra cost.


No matter which backup tool you use, you should know that the pursuit of a professional software is to provide a reliable VM backup solution consistently. AOMEI Cyber Backup is such a VM backup appliance that always keeps your data safe.