How to Backup Virtual Machines with AOMEI Cyber Backup

In this article, we will introduce how to create backups of virtual machines VMware ESXi and Hyper-V with AOMEI Cyber Backup. AOMEI Cyber Backup provides a convenient and reliable solution for centralized backup management of multiple devices, without installation any agent on the virtual host device. With the program, you can back up all devices to a local or network location. And, you can easily monitor and manage the backup of the equipments via central control server.

How to Create Backup of Virtual Machines

1. Click Backup Task” on the left menu bar, select “Backup Task”. Click Create New Task” to open the task creating page.

Create New Task

2. Set a “Task Name”. It will have a default name. You can edit the name of the task.

Set Task Name

3. Select “Backup Type”.

Select Backup Type

Currently, VMware ESXi Backup and Hyper-V Backup are supported. In this article, we take backup of VMware ESXi as an example.

4. Select “Device Name” and all virtual machines under the device will be listed.

Select Device Name

Please select one or multiple virtual machines under the device.

Select Virtual Machines


  • Only added and bound devices can be selected to backup. If you don’t add any devices, you first need to add and bind devices.
  • When a virtual machine has already been backed up in an existing backup task, you can’t select the virtual machine again to create a new task. If you want to re-create backup task for it, please delete the virtual machine from the existing backup task first.

5. Select “Target” to save backups.

Select Target

You can select a local or network path.

Choose Backup Target

Favorite Target: it will list all added backup target. You can select the favorite backup target without adding it again.

Create a new locate path: it will list the local directory of this computer with AOMEI Cyber Backup installed , then you can select a location as backup target.

Create a new network path: you can type into a network path (such as:\data), then fill in username and password of the network path to add. After that, you can continue to select a folder of the network path as backup target.

6. Set Schedule Backup.

Select Schedule

Generally, the schedule setting is enabled by default. You can change the schedule on your needs, or disable it. 

For more details about schedule backup, please check instructions here.

7. Set Backup Cleanup.

Set Backup Cleanup

Generally, the backup cleanup is enabled by default. You can change the backup cleanup based on your needs, or disable it. 

For more details about backup cleanup, please refer to instructions here.

8. Click “Start Backup” to create the backup task and perform backup.

Start Backup

Once you enable schedule, you can also select “Add the backup and start backup now” or “Add the schedule only".

If you select “Add the backup and start backup now”, the backup will be added and the backup task will start immediately.

If you select “Add the schedule only", the backup task will be created with schedule and wait to start at the scheduled timepoint.