NAKIVO v7.4 beta is now open!

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, or WD NAS into a VM Backup Appliance - Improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure

It's no secret that I quite enjoy the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in a home lab. Getting your most precious VMs protected easily and effectively takes under 10 minutes to install and configure, kicking off your first backup job. See also:




Today, NAKIVO announced that they've opened their beta program for v6.4 to everybody, and I wanted to let home lab enthusiasts know about this, a chance to make an impact and give valuable product feedback. I've participated in the past, and exactly as promised, I earned an Amazon gift card, emailed to me, ready to use immediately. Nice!

Here's just 3 of the 11 new features that caught my eye:

  1. Automated Self-Backup
    NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 Beta includes the Self-Backup feature, which automatically back up the entire product configuration, including jobs, inventory, and all other settings.
  2. Global Search
    Finding a specific VM, backup, replica, job, or any other item in a large infrastructure can be a time-consuming task. NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 Beta introduces Global Search – a powerful feature that can help you find and act on items in a matter of seconds.
  3. Built-in Chat with Technical Support
    Getting help with NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 Beta is now even easier, as the new version provides an integrated chat with Technical Support. Should you need any assistance, you can instantly contact technical support without even leaving the application.

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. This offer ends on March 30, 2018.

Here's how you join the beta test:


Full program details here:

Get an Amazon Gift Card
Try NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 Beta and get an Amazon gift card!

  1. Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 Beta.
  2. Add a VMware or Hyper-V server to the inventory.
  3. Perform any of the three sets of tasks.
  4. Send the support bundle to by March 30, 2018.
  5. Provide your feedback by filling out a short survey.

NOTE: Use your business email to download the product, send the support bundle, and fill out the survey.

For more information, read the v7.4 Promotion Terms & Conditions.


NAKIVO Appliance version 7.0 to 7.0.1 update procedure
VMworld 2017 US - at NAKIVO, Anton Shelepchuk and CEO Bruce Talley highlight NAKIVO v7.2 features

Admittedly, the refreshed UI that arrived with v6 means my slightly older v5.7-based deep dive video looks a little different:

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.7 fully supports vSphere 6, install/backup/restore demonstrated

See also at TinkerTry

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