April 01, 2021

Get a Handle on Hyper-V Backup and Recovery Using Datto SIRIS

By David Weiss

What is Hyper-V Backup and Recovery?

Microsoft’s Hyper-V is a native hypervisor that creates virtual machines (VM) on Windows systems. Like other hypervisors, Hyper-V allows users to run multiple VMs and operating systems (OS) on a single computer or server. While Hyper-V includes backup tools that help minimize downtime in the event of a problem, administrators often deploy third-party systems to ensure comprehensive Hyper-V backup and recovery.

Have confidence in Hyper-V backup and recovery with Datto SIRIS

As virtual machine use expands among small and midsize businesses (SMBs), Microsoft’s Hyper-V has established itself as a leading virtualization platform. Hyper-V has proven popular across a wide range of industries due to its benefits including its overall efficiency, flexibility, scalability, and relative affordability. There is also a high degree of comfort for many users in selecting Microsoft solutions.

Although Hyper-V does have features designed to aid with backup and recovery, they have demonstrated limitations in scaling and can allow data loss to occur in certain scenarios. While these features represent a step in the right direction by Microsoft, they can also cause system administrators and managed system providers (MSPs) to have a false sense of security.

MSPs need to have additional safeguards in place to ensure a complete Hyper-V backup and restore plan for their client’s business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) needs. With Datto SIRIS, it’s easy to provide complete protection for your client’s Hyper-V environments.

Designed from the ground up for MSPs, Datto SIRIS is a reliable, all-in-one BCDR solution that prevents data loss and minimizes client downtime. Fast data recovery and business continuity is assured with Datto SIRIS, so your clients are completely covered when disaster strikes.

SIRIS brings extensive virtual machine backup and recovery support to MSPs. Its features include Hyper-V and ESXi support, instant recovery either local or in the secure Datto Cloud. Additional recovery options included complete system image backup, VMDK and VHDX export, file or image-level restore, and Reverse RoundTrip.


As an MSP, both you and your clients may have varying requirements for your BCDR solutions. That’s why SIRIS provides you with flexible deployment options, so you can deploy it as a plug-and-play, hardened physical appliance, as an image on your own server hardware, or as software that is installed on a virtual machine such as HyperV.

More SMBs are running applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server on their VMs, which makes Datto SIRIS a smart fit as a complete end-to-end BCDR solution. SIRIS provides local backup and offsite backup replication to the purpose-built and highly secure Datto Cloud, for a flat monthly fee. The Datto Cloud is also useful for entire system recovery or file restores, in addition to serving as an offsite repository.

The exabyte-class Datto Cloud is our private cloud, built specifically to serve the demands of MSPs. Capable of Hyper-V backup and recovery in seconds, the Datto Cloud is scalable and immutable. It’s end-to-end security includes mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA), Datto’s Cloud Deletion Defense, and encrypted cloud backups.

Ransomware is a constantly growing threat, with recent research showing that the cost of downtime to businesses is skyrocketing. Fortunately, your clients have an excellent ransomware defense with Datto SIRIS. It’s sophisticated ransomware detection features help you to proactively discover ransomware threats by scanning backups to see if a client’s system has been infected.

If ransomware is detected, it triggers an alert so you can move quickly to protect your client. A safe Hyper-V backup is easily at hand for MSPs, with the ability to “turn back the clock” by mounting the infected system and restoring it to a snapshot taken before the attack happened.

MSPs are constantly striving to reduce Recovery Time Objective (RTO) while providing granular Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). SIRIS has Datto’s Inverse Chain Technology, making it easy for each incremental snapshot to become a fully constructed recovery point.

Datto’s Inverse Chain Technology forms a powerful combination alongside Datto’s Advanced Backup Verification, which provides you with complete confidence in your backups thanks to fully validated and protected data. Using Advanced Backup Verification, Hyper-V backups can be scheduled as often as every five minutes. Backups are scanned, tested, stored locally, then replicated to Datto’s globally distributed data centers. With Datto’s Infinite Cloud Retention, virtual machine backup data can be stored as long as needed.

Datto SIRIS is your easy-to-use, single solution backed by our 24/7/365 tech support team. Select SIRIS to protect your clients’ business data in a disaster and keep them running.

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Benefits of Datto SIRIS for Hyper-V backup and recovery

MSPs are ready to handle Hyper-V backup and recovery with Datto SIRIS. It’s your dependable, all-in-one BCDR solution for supporting virtual machines.

  • Hyper-V and ESXi support
  • Complete system image backup
  • Instant recovery, local or cloud
  • File or image-level restore
  • VMDK and VHDX export
  • ESXi upload
  • Reverse RoundTrip
  • Flexible deployment options — available as a hardened appliance, virtual appliance, or software
  • Backup to the secure Datto Cloud
  • Ransomware detection
  • 24x7x365, direct-to-tech service and support

How to get started with Datto SIRIS

With its many advantages and trust for the Microsoft name, Hyper-V is frequently used by businesses incorporating virtual machines. With Datto SIRIS, you can be sure that your clients Hyper-V systems are protected for complete backup and a quick recovery.

Get in touch with Datto today, and see how our cloud-first data protection solutions can help grow your business.

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Which systems work with Datto SIRIS?

Datto SIRIS supports servers running Windows Server 2012 and higher, as well as with various Linux (64-bit) distributions and VMware ESXi and Microsoft HyperV.

Datto’s award-winning core technologies, 24x7x365 direct-to-tech service, support, and cloud management portal are always included.

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