NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.0 adds agent based physical Windows Server backups to existing VMware 6.7 and Hyper-V 2019 backup capabilities

Posted by Paul Braren on Jul 24 2019 (updated on Aug 19 2019) in
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    Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure

    I recently wrote about NAKIVO v8.5.2 with detailed walk-thru install and configure videos, see that detailed article here:


    Veeam and other major backup players have a new agent-based physical server competitor in town, with NAKIVO's big announcement yesterday:

    • NAKIVO Releases v9 with Support for Physical Windows Server Backup
      NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9 can protect physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

      Sparks, NV, United States – July 22, 2019

      NAKIVO Inc., a fast-growing software company dedicated to protecting virtualized and cloud environments, announced today the release of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9. The new version adds support for Microsoft Windows Server backup, allowing customers to protect physical, virtual, and cloud environments from a single pane of glass.

      Application-Consistent Backup

      NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9 can now perform incremental, application-aware backups of physical Microsoft Windows Servers. The solution provides application-consistent backups of business-critical applications and databases running on physical Windows Server machines, including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory, and Oracle.

    Product Page


    Windows Server Backup

    NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a unified solution for protecting physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures with strict data protection requirements. NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to seamlessly perform Windows Servers backup, ensuring data consistency of applications and databases.

    Incremental Windows Server Backup
    NAKIVO Backup & Replication performs incremental Windows server backup, which helps save time and storage resources. The software runs backup jobs using the proprietary change tracking method and transfers only changed blocks of data to the repository.

    Here's a really helpful feature that I'm hoping to have a chance to fully test soon:


    Physical to Virtual
    NAKIVO Backup & Replication can recover physical Windows Server machines to VMware and Hyper-V VMs. With the Physical to Virtual (P2V) functionality in place, you can easily perform a migration of your physical workloads to a virtual environment or simply make sure you'll be able to recover business-critical physical machines under any circumstances.

    Release Notes

    See also v9.0 Release Notes.

    Physical Server Requirements
    To provide data protection to physical Windows servers, make sure they meet the following hardware and software requirements:


    • CPU: x86_64
    • RAM: At least 1 GB
    • Firmware: BIOS or UEFI
    • Partition table: MBR or GPT
    • Disk: up to 64 TB in size


    • OS of the physical server should be 64-bit.
    • Physical server should be accessible over network.
    • Administrative credentials should be provided to the physical server.
    • PowerShell must be installed.
    • SMBv2 or higher version of SMB protocol must be enabled.
      • Note
        In case firewall is enabled, the corresponding rule for SMB-in should be enabled too.

    NFR for IT Pros


    Note that NAKIVO offers NFR (Not For Resale) to many IT Professionals, which I explain in more detail 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 for NFR download access here.
      I'm not sure what their selection criteria is, or how long it takes for NAKIVO to get back to you. The latest version filename is currently:

    Download trial


    The OVA Appliance file is currently named:

    For for Synology NAS:
    For QNAP NAS:


    This part is in progress. First I download and install the OVA Appliance, then when I add a Physical Windows Server to inventory, it automatically installs the agent.


    Their Pricing page seems to indicate that protection of physical servers is only available on a Subscription License basis, with Perpetual Licenses options for VMware and Hyper-V only. The thing is, it appears this agent isn't really called out here, so this is subject to change, I'd recommend you revisit this pricing page or use the online chat to inquire.


    If time permits, meanwhile, here's my recent v8.5.2 videos.

    Aug 19 2019 Update

    New video released today by NAKIVO!

    Physical Server Backup in NAKIVO Backup & Replication – Overview

    See also at TinkerTry




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