System Requirements for Alibaba Cloud VMs

Verify that your environment meets the requirements for protecting VMs in Alibaba Cloud.

Alibaba Cloud Accounts

Add a separate hypervisor for each Alibaba Cloud account.

Alibaba Cloud Zones

Deploy an access node in each zone that contains VMs that you want to protect.

Access Node Operating Systems


  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Editions

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Editions


Microsoft ended mainstream support for all versions of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2—including Hyper-V Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, and Core Editions—on October 10, 2023.


  • Preferred: Alibaba Cloud Linux

  • Supported:

    • CentOS

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    • Ubuntu

User Permissions

To apply all the required permissions for backups and restores, use the alicloud_min_permission_policy.json file on the Alibaba command line .