Now that you have installed Vimalin, the first thing to do is to configure it.

Vimalin - Welcome screen

Vimalin – an empty welcome screen

So click on the options button to go to the screen where you can customize your settings.

Vimalin - Options Screen

Vimalin – Options Screen

Your backups have to be written somewhere. As such, you have to tell Vimalin where you want them to be stored. Preferably this is on an external disk or a local network location. Making a backup on the same machine is not recommended. This is because a backup that not exists anymore when your machine dies, is not a very helpful backup.

Select the Backup Targets icon to configure a location on where to store your VMs.

Vimalin - empty targets disk dialog

Vimalin – empty targets disk dialog

This screen displays all your configured disks and network locations, as well as the currently available disk drives. You can set multiple backup targets if you want, but for now, we set the first backup disk. The first one is also marked as your default location (which you can change later on if wanted)

As you can see in the screen above, we only have a C:\ drive and not a lot of free space. So we will start by adding a network share. There happens to be a network share on our network that we would like to use. We can find this under host name “bigdisk.local” and it has a share with the name “backups”.

So let’s add that share as our first backup target.

Click the “Add Network Path” to start. A new screen pops up that asks you for the name of that share.

As you can see I added the name of the share here in the UNC format. Click “Add” when done.

The new network share is now add to our backup target screen.

Wait, we are not done yet!

Next up is telling Vimalin we want to use this new share for backups and add it as a target.

After selecting the share on “bigdisk.local” at the list on the left, it looks like this:

Now click on the button “Add Target”.

This created a new folder on your device called “Vimalin”, it will put all your backups in that folder.

If you rather backup to a local disk, then you can select the appropriate disk drive letter before clicking the Add Target button and that device is added as a backup target.

If the device was used earlier as a Vimalin backup target then that will be detected and you will get a question to import existing backups that are not already in your backup library.

The “Reload” button also lets you find backups not yet registered. If you have multiple host machines making backups to the same backup target, then you can load the backups from the other hosts by pressing the reload button.

Let’s go back to the config – click “Show All” or “Back” to return to the options screen and continue to Add a virtual machine to backup