Back to Basics: Nakivo Backup Repository


Nakivo Backup & Replication is cost-effective solution that provides backup capabilities to protect virtual and physical environments supporting different Backup Repository types.

The Backup Repository is the location where the backups will be stored during the backup operations.

Nakivo supports the following repository types:

  • Local folder - backups are saved to the directly attached storage (onboard repository or local mounted share).
  • CIFS Share - the network share is connected using the CIFS protocol.
  • NFS Share - the network share is connected using the NFS protocol.
  • Cloud & S3-Compatible Storage - Amazon S3, Wasabi, Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Amazon EC2, Generic S3-compatible are the supported cloud storage.
  • SaaS - used to store Microsoft 365 objects.
  • Deduplication Appliance - Dell Data Domain Boost, HPE StoreOnce Catalyst and NEC HYDRAstor are the supported storage devices.


Back to Basics blog series

Nakivo Backup & Replication Overview
Nakivo Backup Repository
Nakivo Backup VMware vSphere
Nakivo Restore VMware VMs
Nakivo VMware vSphere Replication
Nakivo Ransomware Protection
Nakivo IT Monitoring


Setup initial Nakivo configuration

When the installation has been completed, using a supported browser type the address https://<IP_nakivo>:4443 to access the Nakivo's console. First access you need to create an administrative account. Specify the requested parameters then click Create Account. Login to Nakivo with the created account.



Configure Inventory

At first login, the Inventory is the first component to configure. Click Import System Configuration button if you have an existing Nakivo configuration otherwise click the + symbol to add the Platform to configure.


In the Platform window you can specify the platform to use in Nakivo. To protect a VMware vSphere virtual environment for example, select Virtual then click Next.


Select VMware vCenter or ESXi host as the Type of virtual environment to protect then click Next. Nakivo supports also Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV and VMware Cloud Director environments.


Type the Display name then the required Hostname or IP, Username and Password to connect the the vCenter Server. Click Finish.


The configured vCenter Server is displayed in the console. Click Next.



Configure Nodes

The second component to configure is the Node (aka Data Mover) used by Nakivo to perform backup, replication and recovery tasks. In a virtual environment the Transporter is the component to install. Click Got it to proceed with Nodes configuration.


If you install the Full Solution, by default an Onboard transporter is already included. To deploy an additional Transporter (the number of Transporters to deploy depends on the size of the infrastructure to protect and its configuration), click the symbol + and select VMware vSphere appliance.


Type the Transporter name then Host or cluster, Datastore and Virtual network to use. Click Deploy to install an additional Transporter.


In this example, we'll use the Onboard transporter. Click Next.



Configure Backup Repository

The final step of the initial configuration is the configuration of the Backup Repository.

If you install the Full Solution, by default an Onboard repository is already included. To add a different repository, click the + symbol and select Create new backup repository.



CIFS Share

To configure a repository connected to a CIFS share, make sure the CIFS share is configured as follows:


From the Nakivo's console, select CIFS Share as repository type then click Next.


Type the Name, Assigned transporter, Path to the share, Username and Password to access the CIFS share. Click Next.


Enable the desired options then click Finish to create the repository.


The CIFS repository has been created successfully.



NFS Share

To configure a repository connected to a NFS Share, make sure the NFS share is configured as follows:


From the Nakivo's console, select NFS Share as repository type then click Next.


Type the repository Name and specify the Assigned transporter and the Path to the share. Click Next.


Enable the desired options then click Finish to create the repository.


The NFS repository has been created successfully.



Cloud & S3-Compatible Storage

Before proceeding with the configuration of this repository type, we need to add the account used to connect to the Cloud Storage in Nakivo's Inventory.

Go to Inventory area and click the + symbol.


Select Cloud Storage option and click Next.


Select the Cloud Storage service Type to use, Wasabi in the example, and click Next.


Since Wasabi provides an Object Storage service, make sure you have already configured the appropriate Bucket writing down all the required parameters to connect.


Type the Display name, Region(s), Access key ID and Secret access key. Click Finish.


The created Wasabi object in the Inventory.


Go back to Repositories area, click the + symbol and select Create new backup repository.


Select Cloud & S3-Compatibile Storage option to store backups to Cloud Storage then click Next.


Select the required Vendor to use, Wasabi in the example,  then click Next.


Enter the required parameters to access the Wasabi's Bucket and select the Bucket to use as Backup Repository. Click Next.


Enable the desired options then click Finish to create the repository.


The Wasabi Object Storage backup repository has been created successfully.


The Nakivo initial configuration is now complete and the software is ready to start protecting the workloads running in the specified vCenter Server.

Nakivo Backup & Replication is available to download as 15-day trial.


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