How to update Altaro VM Backup to a newer version

As with any other product, a new release brings new features, enhancements, and fixes. This article focused on Altaro VM Backup and the procedure to update an old to a newer version of your favorite backup software.

When I am evaluating new software, one of the criteria is to have a straightforward update procedure. I need to admit, even though that is something that should be straightforward, that is not always the case.

When I say easy, I mean, click Update and done. I’m running Altaro VM Backup and one of the things I do is update the product.

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In this article, I will show you how to update your Altaro VM Backup to a newer version, in my case This version was released recently and it has brought some changes:

  • Includes a user-friendly message when backup or restore operations fail due to the hypervisor not being supported by the VM Backup version being used.
  • Fixes an issue with Exchange Item Level Restore where some folders would not be listed correctly.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

What are the update requirements from the license side?

If you are dealing with an older version, you can find the change log on the following link VM Backup Change Logs.

If you have a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA), you are entitled to a FREE upgrade to the latest version of Altaro VM Backup. You can download the latest version here. (Click here for upgrade instructions).

If you own Altaro VM Backup v7 or earlier and no longer hold a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA), you can still upgrade to our latest version.

  • WAN-Optimized Replication is available exclusively in the Unlimited Plus Edition.
  • Regardless of which Edition (Standard, Unlimited, or Unlimited Plus) you have, you can choose which Edition you wish to upgrade to.

Check more info here Pricing Upgrade | Altaro.

Let’s do it

The procedure is straightforward. Please, follow the lead.

  1. Connect to Altaro VM Backup server via Altaro console.
  2. Click on Settings at the top right and then click Check for Updates.
Check for Updates
  1. A new popup window will open. It shows if a newer version is available and will guide you to go the download page. You should keep the default options selected.
Check for update
  1. Altaro will open your default Internet browser and navigate you to the Altaro website where you need to click on Download now to download the installer (≈ 228 MB).
Download Altaro
  1. Close Altaro VM Backup console.
  2. Run the altarovmbackupsetup.exe installer.
  3. Under Welcome to the Altaro VM Backup Setup Wizard click Next.
  4. Select I accept the terms in the Licence Agreement and then click Next.
  5. Choose the Destination folder and then click Next.
  6. Click Install. The procedure takes 2-3 minutes.
  7. Once done select Launch Management Console and then click Finish.
Launch Management Console

Can this be easier?

I think it can. It would be easier if we could handle the whole procedure via UI, and not go on the website to download a new installer and run it manually.

The procedure can be fully automated once we click Update. I will check with Altaro VM Backup about it and keep you posted.

That was everything for today.

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