Nakivo Backup & Replication 7 a closer look at the new features

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Latest Nakivo Backup & Replication 7.0 release introduced some new useful features and the support for Microsoft Hyper-V.

The new release made the product more complete introducing some missing features administrators were claiming, like Active Directory integration and the long awaited support for Hyper-V.

 

What’s new

Nakivo Backup & Replication 7.0 introduced the following new features:

  • Support for Hyper-V
  • Support for vSphere 6.5
  • Active Directory integration
  • Skip Swap File and Partitions
  • Bulk backup delete
  • Activity Management

 

Support for Hyper-V

This is the main new feature of this release: the support for Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 and 2012. The Hyper-V capability uses the same easy and clean web interface that drives the user during the backup configuration.

Nakivo 7 provides image-based, application-aware, and forever-incremental Hyper-V backup. Backups are automatically compressed and deduplicated to save space in the backup repositories and backup copies can be sent offsite to AWS and Azure clouds.

You can instantly recover files, Exchange objects, and Active Directory objects directly from compressed and deduplicated Hyper-V backups.

Additional features:

  • Agentless, image-based backup of live Hyper-V VMs
  • Up to 1,000 GFS recovery points per VM backup
  • Full VM recovery to the same or a new host
  • Automated backup verification
  • Support for Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes

 

Create a Hyper-V backup job

Before creating  a backup job, the host has to be added to the Inventory first. From Nakivo Dashboard click on settings icon.

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Go to Inventory tab and click on Add New… button then select Micorsoft Hyper-V host option.

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Enter the required information then click Add.

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The Hyper-V host has been added successfully.

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To configure the backup job, from the Dashboard menu select Create > Microsoft Hyper-V backup job.

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Select the VMs to backup and click Next.

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After specifying the Destination, Schedule and Retention, enter the Job name. To use the Change tracking functionality in Hyper-V, Nakivo uses a proprietary driver. From the drop-down menu select Use proprietary method option and click Finish to save the job setup.

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The backup job is executed in the same way as VMware backup jobs do.

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The Hyper-V backup has been completed successfully.

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Support for vSphere 6.5

Backup & Replication 7.0 now supports the latest VMware vSphere 6.5 release. The new vCenter/ESXi must be added to the Inventory before configuring the backup job.

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The procedure to configure the backup job is the same as the previous release.

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With Nakivo 7.0, VMware 6.5 VMs can now be backed up successfully.

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The new version allows to backup, replicate, and recover VMware vSphere v6.5 VMs without any extra setup.

 

Active Directory integration

Nakivo now support Microsoft Active Directory integration to better manage the access to the backup infrastructure following the company’s security policy.

To enable AD integration, from the Dashboard click on the settings icon.

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Go to General tab and click Edit in the rigth side of User accounts section.

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In the AD integration field, select Enabled from the drop-down menu.

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Create a group for Nakivo’s admins in Active Directory and enter the required information under Active Directory Information area. Click Test Integration to test AD connectivity.

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Enter an AD account member of the group previously configured (i.e. G_NakivoAdmins) and click Test.

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When the AD connection succeed, click Apply to save the configuration.

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The AD Integration is now Enabled.

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Now you can Log In using your AD account.

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Skip Swap File and Partitions

The backup of a VM included so far also the swap file since it changes constantly consuming lot of space in the backup repository and making the backup time longer.

Version 7.0 provides the capability to automatically skip the swap files on Windows OS and swap partitions on Linux OS VMs speeding up data transfer and saving space in the backup repository.

From the Dashboard click on the setting icon and access the General tab. In the System settings area click Edit in the right side to change the system’s settings.

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Check the Skip swap files and partitions during processing to enable the new functionality.

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During the execution of the next backup job, swap files and partitions won’t be processed.

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This job has been executed with Skip swap files and partitions feature disabled. Note the amount of data processed.

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This job has been executed with Skip swap files and partitions feature enabled. The amount of data now processed is less allowing to save some storage space.

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Bulk backup delete

Backups no longer needed can be now easily deleted saving space in the backup repository. You can filter outdated and orphaned backups and delete them in a single click.

From the Dashboard click on the settings icon to access the configuration area.

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Click Manage in the repository to process and select the Delete backups in bulk option.

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Select the items to delete and click Next. In this example the system detected two backups to delete.

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Click Delete to delete the backups.

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Activity Management

A new Activities tab has been introduced in the new version to improve backup manageability. All Nakivo’s activities (running jobs, file and object recovery sessions, repository maintenance, and so on) are displayed in a single place to have a better overview of what’s going on in the product.

From the Dashboard click the two arrows icon to access the activities page. Note the number in the icon indicates the current running backup jobs.

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From this page you can have an overview of the current and processed jobs.

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Configure Nakivo Backup & Replication

To configure Nakivo solution, check out the following guides:

Nakivo Backup & Replication 7.0 is available as 30-day trial for testing purposes.

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