It's no secret that I appreciate the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in my home's personal datacenter. To get your most precious VMs protected easily and effectively, it takes only about 10 minutes to install and configure the appliance then kick off your first VM backup job, with the simple process demonstrated in my video and NAKIVO's video below.
Some folks may prefer to install NAKIVO on an existing Linux or Windows physical system or VM. Some might instead choose to back up their VMware VMs to a more distant NAS, to lessen the chance of flood or fire taking both out the cluster and the backups in an unfortunate event in home or in a business.
Note that I'm not talking about using the backup appliance to back up to an iSCSI or NFS attached NAS (which is an option). Instead, I'm talking about installing the NAKIVO software (with integrated web server) right onto your Linux-based NAS itself, a unique differentiator that NAKIVO offers over competitors.
Regardless of the topology chosen, it's still best to do an off-site backup as well, which NAKIVO also supports, calling the feature Backup Copy Offsite and to Cloud.
Recently, NAKIVO contacted me with the news that announcement, with the elements of the announcement most likely to be of interest to the home lab in the quoted excerpts below:
Try NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2
with support for VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2
There's quite a lot that is news-worthy in 8.5 that I haven’t yet mentioned at TinkerTry. They've slimmed and optimized the code so much so that it can run on Raspberry Pi! Also glad for easier updates, and many more new features:
Replication From Backup
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 allows you to replicate your VMs directly from backups. This allows you to decrease the use of system resources required for replication as no additional snapshots of the production VM are created. The whole process can be automated with Job Chaining, meaning that a successful backup job can trigger the replication job with a backup as the source.
Software-Defined Backup Appliance Based on FreeNAS
Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 on FreeNAS operating system to turn your PC or server into a powerful backup appliance. With the introduction of NAKIVO’s backup appliance based on FreeNAS, you can use the hardware of your choice (or even repurpose your existing hardware) to run and store backups in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Windows Server 2019 Support
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 can be installed on Microsoft Windows Server 2019. If you decide to upgrade your environment, you can be certain that NAKIVO Backup & Replication is fully compatible and ready to protect your critical business data.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 automates the update process letting you stay up-to-date with frequent software releases. Install updates in a few clicks right from the web interface and get access to all the latest features and improvements as soon as they are available.
Ransomware-Proof Mini Backup Appliance Based on Raspberry Pi
Having a small footprint, NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 can be installed on Raspberry Pi, which allows you to create a portable, ransomware-proof backup appliance. With modest pricing and compact size, Raspberry Pi is the perfect means to protect your data securely and affordably.
Note that NAKIVO offers NFR (Not For Resale) downloads to many IT Professionals, which I explain here:
If you are a VMUG member, VMware vExpert, VCP, VSP, VTSP, or VCI you can receive a FREE two-socket Not For Resale (NFR) license of NAKIVO Backup & Replication for one year and use it in your home or work lab.
The NFR licenses are available for non-production use only, including educational, lab testing, evaluation, training, and demonstration purposes.
- Apply here.
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The OVA Appliance file is currently named:
For for Synology NAS:
For QNAP NAS:
I have successfully completed my initial testing by doing a full backup using NAKIVO 8.5.2 OVA with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 and a restore, and both worked flawlessly. I used a local 4GB SATA SSD for those tests, using the OVA appliance version of NAKIVO. I haven't had a chance to test on my loaner Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS yet.
Admittedly, the refreshed UI means my somewhat dated v5.7 deep dive video below looks a little different, but the install and initial backup functionality still works much the same.
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Jun 14 2018
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.3 released with faster backup speeds for deduplication appliances
Nov 28 2017
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication 6.0 VMware appliance is an easy choice for VM backups, can be installed directly on a Western Digital or Synology NAS!
Mar 22 2016
- Announcing NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.8 - virtual appliance, Windows service, or installed on an Intel-based Western Digital NAS
Oct 12 2015
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.7 fully supports vSphere 6, vSAN, and VVol, an easy choice for home labs
Jul 09 2015
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.5 released, NFR available to VCP and vExperts through Mar 31 2015
Mar 19 2015
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