Leading Hyper-V Backup Solution

NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers a complete Hyper-V backup solution to ensure that your Hyper-V environment is fully protected and your data is recoverable at all times. NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows businesses to simplify Hyper-V data protection, improve VM backup performance and ensure reliable instant granular and full recoveries. Spend less time and money on data protection administration and focus on your organization’s core business.

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Hyper-V Backup at a Glance

Robust Hyper-V Backup

Robust Hyper-V Backup

Create image-based, incremental and app-aware backups of live Hyper-V VMs

Backup Job Automation

Backup Job Automation

Automate VM protection with Hyper-V backup policies to save time and effort

Instant Granular Restore

Instant Granular Restore

Instantly recover files and application objects directly from deduplicated backups

Advanced Backup Copy

Advanced Backup Copy

Copy Hyper-V backups to tape, offsite, or to Amazon/Azure/Wasabi

High Backup Performance

High Backup Performance

Boost VM backup speed by up to 2 times while reducing storage space requirements

Instant VM Recovery

Instant VM Recovery

Instantly boot Hyper-V VMs from backups without performing a full recovery

Supported Platforms for Hyper-V Backup

  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2019
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2016
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2012R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2012

Highlights

  • Image-Based Backup
    NAKIVO Backup & Replication performs consistent, image-based backups of Microsoft Hyper-V VMs. This means that the entire VM is captured during backup, including all disks and configuration files. Everything is available and ready for recovery.
  • Incremental Backup
    Microsoft Hyper-V Server backup jobs can use Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) to quickly identify changed data blocks. Only those changes (increments) are copied to the backup repository, which results in faster and smaller backups.
  • Application-Aware Backup
    By default, backup of a Hyper-V VM is performed using the application-aware mode. This ensures that data in applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, and SQL, remains transactionally consistent.
  • Hyper-V Support
    With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can protect Hyper-V 2008 R2-2019 in a safe and reliable manner.

Hyper-V Backup with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

Watch the short video to learn why NAKIVO Backup & Replication is one of the most reliable and efficient backup solutions for Microsoft Hyper-V and mixed environments.

What You Get with NAKIVO Backup & Replication for Hyper-V Environments

Powerful Hyper-V Backup

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an agentless Hyper-V backup solution that performs image-based, incremental and application-consistent Hyper-V backups. NAKIVO Backup & Replication relies on Hyper-V’s Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) technology to create incremental backups and copies only the data that has changed since the last backup session (that is, increments). Hyper-V backups are also application-consistent, preserving the transactional consistency of data in applications like Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, Microsoft SQL and others.

Advanced VM Backup Copy

Create a copy of your business-critical backups so that your data is safe and recoverable even if your primary Hyper-V backup becomes corrupted, lost or accidentally deleted. Data protection best practices dictate that you should have three copies of each VM with two copies stored on separate devices and at least one copy located offsite or in the cloud. This eliminates a single point of failure and ensures an additional level of data safety. Job Chaining in NAKIVO Backup & Replication makes this entire process quick and stress-free. Simply set up your Hyper-V backup copy jobs to run right after the initial backup job is complete, resulting in streamlined routine backup activities and reduced management overhead.

Instant VM Boot

Boot your Microsoft Hyper-V VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated backups to achieve as tight RTOs as possible. With Flash VM Boot, you can avoid time-consuming full-scale recoveries and instead resume your workflow in minutes. Once the VM is running, you can migrate the machine to the production environment for permanent recovery. Any changes you make to the recovered VM do not affect the backup. This feature significantly reduces downtime after a VM failure, ensuring that IT disruptions do not result in lost revenue. Flash VM Boot can also be used to safely test system updates and application patches before applying them to the production environment.

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Instant Granular Recovery

Instantly recover individual files, folders and application objects (for Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, Microsoft SQL) directly from compressed and deduplicated Hyper-V backups. With granular recovery, you do not need to perform a full recovery to restore single or multiple items located in a VM backup. Instead, you can search and browse through VM backups to find the item you need directly in the NAKIVO Backup & Replication web-based dashboard. Once you have selected the item, you can recover it to the source or a custom location, with all the file permissions restored. If your primary backup is unavailable, you can recover items from a backup copy located in the cloud or offsite.

Effective Backup Administration

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides several tools to improve Hyper-V backup efficiency and simplify backup administration. You can set up backup policies to protect your Hyper-V VMs based on parameters such as VM name, size, location, power state and so on. Once configured, NAKIVO Backup & Replication regularly scans your inventory and automatically adds or removes VMs from jobs according to the chosen parameters. In addition to individual Hyper-V VMs, you can add entire Hyper-V hosts to a backup job. To reduce administrative overhead even more, you can run custom pre- or post-job scripts, link jobs to run one after another and integrate with third-party monitoring, automation, and orchestration tools using HTTP APIs.

Instant Backup Verification

As a full backup solution, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides automated instant verification to ensure the accessibility and recoverability of your backups. When a backup job is completed, the solution can instantly test-recover Hyper-V virtual machine backup (with networking turned off), take a screenshot of the booted OS, or check if the Hyper-V Integration Services are available, and then discard the VM. The results of this operation can then be seen in the product’s interface or received via email. This way, the Instant Verification feature can test your backups beforehand, allowing you to rest assured that your Hyper-V VM backups are functional and bootable.

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Data Reduction Techniques

Growing storage space requirements can put a strain on your business when you back up Hyper-V VMs daily. To mitigate this issue, NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers built-in data reduction technologies, such as swap data exclusion, data deduplication and compression. NAKIVO Backup & Replication skips swap data and unused blocks, which allows for more effective use of storage space. Moreover, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all VM backups over an entire storage repository. Later on, the software solution compresses deduplicated blocks, which further decreases backup size for even more storage space savings.

Multiple Storage Destinations

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with various backup storage options. You can store your Hyper-V virtual machine backups and backup copies on local storage, CIFS/NFS shares or deduplication appliances. You can send backups directly to public cloud storage platforms, such as Amazon S3, Azure or Wasabi, to have an extra copy of critical data in case the primary gets lost or corrupted. Also, you can copy your backups directly to tape cartridges for safe data retention and long-term archival.

Data Transfer Efficiency

NAKIVO Backup & Replication improves Hyper-V virtual machine backup performance and allows you to shrink backup windows and reduce network congestion. The Network Acceleration feature speeds up backup jobs by up to 2 times while decreasing the amount of data sent over LAN and WAN. This way, even if you perform data protection activities during business hours, your production workloads are not affected. With the LAN-free data transfer mode, you can offload production networks, thus reducing backup windows and ensuring high backup performance. You can also regulate network bandwidth to limit bandwidth usage to a user-defined amount with Advanced Bandwidth Throttling.

Full VM Recovery

Recover an entire Hyper-V backup to its latest state or to a previous point in time. When performing the recovery, NAKIVO Backup & Replication transfers the VM's image from the backup to the production site. The recovered VM contains all the relevant data, including configuration, OS, applications, associated data and system state. You can create up to 4,000 recovery points for each VM, which gives you the flexibility of rolling back to that specific point you need. For further convenience, the software allows you to recover multiple VMs within a single job. When you run VM recovery, a new VM is created; the source VM is not reverted to the previous state or replaced with the new VM.

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Role-Based Access Control

Set up role-based access control (RBAC) to add an additional layer of security and reduce management overhead. With RBAC, you can control which users are able to access, view and perform specific data protection activities, helping you reduce the risk of accidental deletions and prevent unauthorized access. You can use preset user roles for quick deployment or create roles with custom access rights and permissions to accommodate your unique business needs. This feature lets you create a non-admin user, for example, that would have access to creating VM backup jobs in NAKIVO Backup & Replication but wouldn't be able to fully access repositories, jobs, general system settings, and so on.

Maintain Data Compliance with Backup for
Microsoft Hyper-V from NAKIVO

Data Availability under GDPR / PIPEDA
Retention Policies and RPOs under HIPAA
Internal and External Financial Reporting / Audit
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
eDiscovery and Other Legal Requests
Organizations responsible for complying with regulations and audits must ensure that sensitive and critical data is protected for a mandated period. This data should be secure and available at all times to comply with GDPR, PIPEDA, HIPAA, PCI DSS and other regulations. A failure to comply can result in penalties and undermine an organization’s reputation and financial standing. To maintain data compliance, organizations with Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructures rely on NAKIVO Backup & Replication for data protection that is comprehensive, reliable and cost-efficient.

Data Compliance Requirements

Archival

Archival

Data should be retained without alteration or deletion for a mandated period

Storage

Storage

Data should be stored in locations with different security requirements

Access

Access

Data should be encrypted and secured from unauthorized access

Retrieval

Retrieval

A range of recovery options should be available for different scenarios

Disposal

Disposal

Data should be disposed 
of after the mandated retention period

Enhance Data Compliance for Microsoft Hyper-V
with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

  • Incremental, app-aware backups of Microsoft Hyper-V VMs. Routine backup activities can be automated with policy-based rules and scheduling options.
  • Backup data tiering functionality to avoid a single point of failure. Store backups of Microsoft Hyper-V VMs locally, in a public cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Microsoft Azure) or on tape. Automate the creation of backup copies.
  • Anti-ransomware features to protect backups from encryption and deletion by malware. Backups stored in Amazon S3 and local Linux-based repositories can be made immutable for as long as you need.
  • Instant recovery for any scenario. Instantly boot Microsoft Hyper-V VMs from backups or perform full VM recovery. Instantly recover individual files and application objects from backups.
  • Limit unauthorized access to backups. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) to prevent unauthorized access to backups and data protection activities. Apply the principle of least privilege by setting the role-based access control (RBAC) for employees.
  • Backup data encryption in flight and at rest. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

Why Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication for Hyper-V Backup and Recovery

Complete Data Protection

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can use powerful backup and recovery features that ensure full protection for your Hyper-V environments. NAKIVO Backup & Replication also delivers a wide range of data reduction, performance-boosting, backup administration tools, allowing you to save time and resources and eliminate any complexities associated with data protection. And most importantly, you can access all of the software’s capabilities and perform data protection activities directly from a centralised web-based dashboard that you can access anywhere and at any time, even from multiple devices.

Versatile Deployment

The installation process of NAKIVO Backup & Replication requires minimum time and effort – you can install the software and then perform your first backup job in just two minutes! No extra configuration is required as all of the software features are built-in and available right out of the box. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of deployment options to find what best fits your needs, environment and budget. You can install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on Windows or Linux OS, deploy as a pre-configured Virtual Appliance, or install directly on a NAS device to create an all-in-one backup appliance.

Quick and Easy Backup Copies

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you easily perform Hyper-V backup copy jobs and safely send these backup copies offsite. Having an extra backup provides an additional level of data protection to ensure successful recovery. You can also create extra copies of Hyper-V backups and send them to the cloud. With Hyper-V backup copies, you can ensure compliance with the 3-2-1 backup rule, allowing you to have a backup plan for any data loss scenario. You can also choose to keep one or multiple copies of your backups, or set custom rules specifying which backups should be copied and when.

Fast Recovery Times

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can instantly recover entire Hyper-V VMs, individual files, folders and application objects directly from compressed and deduplicated backups. In case of unexpected production machine failure or data loss, you can quickly resume your business operations without experiencing significant downtime. The all-in-one software provides a number of powerful recovery options that can help you reach the lowest recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) possible and cut your recovery times from days to hours, or even minutes.

Ransomware-Resilient Backups

Backups stored in the cloud can be vulnerable to ransomware and other malicious attacks. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can leverage the S3 Object Lock functionality to make your Microsoft Hyper-V VM backups stored in Amazon S3 buckets immutable for a specified period of time and protect data from being deleted or encrypted by ransomware. In addition, the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) feature helps you apply the principle of least privilege by assigning specific roles to users and granting them permissions for each part of the data protection process in NAKIVO Backup & Replication. This way, you prevent unauthorized users from running, viewing or altering your Hyper-V VM backup and recovery operations. Also, the solution ensures your data is protected when stored in a non-secure location or transferred over the WAN with the VM Backup Encryption feature.

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Long-Term Backup Archival

NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses the GFS retention scheme and offers backup size reduction tools so that you can archive Hyper-VMs without paying exorbitant storage costs. The grandfather-father-son retention scheme (GFS) consolidates and rotates redundant recovery points according to your preferences, ensuring all your data is accounted for without storing excess data. You can also use global deduplication and compression for even further space savings. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can store up to 4,000 recovery points per VM, giving you the flexibility to meet regulatory obligations or corporate guidelines.

Intuitive Management

Multiple security risks and threats can be eliminated with a comprehensive data protection plan which dictates how to prevent, respond to, and recover from any failure scenario. Therefore, careful backup job scheduling is an essential component of data protection management. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication’s Calendar dashboard, you can view all your data protection jobs (past, present, and future) and reschedule them with ease. This way, you can avoid potential job overlaps, offload production networks and identify vulnerabilities in your backup planning.

Storage Savings

Backing up growing Hyper-V environments means that you need to store more data every day. To reduce the size of your backups, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically skips swap data and unused blocks, which would otherwise be read, processed, transferred, and stored in the repository. To further reduce backup size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can automatically deduplicate all VM backups across an entire repository. The deduplicated data blocks are then automatically compressed to occupy the least amount of space. Together, these data reduction technologies can significantly reduce the storage space occupied by backups, saving you resources and money.

Flexible Scalability

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a full backup and recovery solution capable of protecting virtual, physical, and cloud and SaaS environments. The software delivers powerful yet affordable functionality for small- and medium-sized businesses and large enterprises. You can scale NAKIVO Backup & Replication horizontally or vertically to keep hundreds of hosts and thousands of Hyper-V VMs safe across multiple sites. You can scale out by increasing the number of product components and distributing the workload among them. Also, you can scale up by adding more resources to NAKIVO Backup & Replication, ensuring that even high production workloads remain protected.

Verified Hyper-V Backups

Creating regular Hyper-V backups does not always guarantee that data can be restored. Backups can also get corrupted for various reasons and render recovery impossible. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can instantly verify the integrity of your Microsoft Hyper-V VM backups and make sure they can be used for recovery when needed. The solution can run a VM directly from a Hyper-V VM backup with networking turned off and make a screenshot of the successfully booted VM. The solution can also verify that you can successfully recover Hyper-V VMs by powering on the VM and checking the availability of the Hyper-V Integration Services (if they are installed on the VM). You can view the verification results in the web interface or receive them via email.

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Optimized Backup Administration

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can automate most of your data protection activities by running policy-based jobs and setting up effective job schedules. NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to set up specific data protection policies, which would regularly scan your infrastructure and automatically add/remove Hyper-V VMs from corresponding jobs based on the selected criteria (such as name, size, location, power state, configuration, and so on). With сarefully scheduled and organized Hyper-V backup jobs, you can achieve impressive results – eliminate job overlaps, minimize administrative overhead, avoid retention policy gaps and, eventually, save you time and effort.

Improved Backup Speed and Performance

With the rich functionality of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can improve your Hyper-V backup performance considerably. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with speed-boosting features, such as Network Acceleration and LAN-free backup mode. Network Acceleration allows you to increase backup and recovery speed even in busy LAN and WAN. With LAN-free data transfer modes, you can offload production networks, thus reducing backup windows and ensuring high backup performance. As a result, these technologies can boost VM backup speed by up to 2 times without affecting your production environment.

Powerful Multi-Tenancy

Multi-tenant mode in NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to deliver backup as a service (BaaS), replication as a service (RaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) to your customers. You can create up to 1,000 separate tenants within a single copy of the software and manage them from the tenant dashboard. Tenants’ environments are isolated, which means that a tenant can only access their own data. Tenants can perform their data protection and recovery jobs via the self-service portal and you, as the administrator, can control which jobs they are allowed to access and perform.

Instant Recovery of Files and Objects

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you recover iindividual files, folders and application objects for applications like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft SQL Server instantly from compressed and deduplicated Hyper-V VM backups. Just select the recovery point, search for the file, folder or object you require and recover with a push of a button, without recovering the entire Hyper-V VM first. The advanced search capabilities of the solution allow you to quickly find the items you need using the name or even part of the name and restore them to their original or a different location.

Microsoft Hyper-V Backup with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

Create Regular Backups

The threat of potential data loss as a result of ransomware attacks or unintentional deletions is growing. Advance planning and creating regular backups are key to reducing risks of losing critical data, minimizing production environment downtime and ensuring swift recovery. First, identify critical VMs and apps that tolerate the least downtime. Second, set up a process to periodically review which workloads are critical. Third, decide on your recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO). Finally, start using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to create regular incremental backups according to your requirements.

Allocate Enough Resources

Backups are resource-intensive operations. To perform a backup job, NAKIVO Backup & Replication reads data on the source, then processes, transfers and writes that data to the target backup repository. The shortage of CPU or RAM resources available for backup jobs can slow down backups. Other software competing for disk and network bandwidth resources can also cause bottlenecks. To speed up backups, allocate sufficient CPU, RAM, bandwidth and disk space resources to NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The backup chain is as fast as its slowest link.

Create Policies for Simpler Backup Administration

NAKIVO Backup & Replication simplifies routine data protection tasks. Create policy rules to automate adding Microsoft Hyper-V VMs to backups or excluding them. Adjust rules according to preferred parameters, such as VM name, size, tag or location. When a new VM is up, NAKIVO Backup & Replication checks whether that VM matches any policy and adds the VM to the corresponding job automatically. The same works for existing VMs whose parameters change. When the VM no longer matches the policy rules, the solution automatically excludes it from the backup.

Best Practices 01

Store a Backup Copy Offsite or in the Cloud

Store at least one copy of your backup data in a remote location (offsite). With that remote copy, your data is recoverable even if the primary onsite backup is lost or corrupted. Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to create backup copies of your Microsoft Hyper-V VM without affecting production VMs. The list of supported public clouds to use as a backup destination includes Amazon S3, Wasabi and Microsoft Azure. For long-term backup storage, write a copy of your backups to tape.

Protect Backups from Ransomware with Immutability

Ransomware attacks are impossible to completely prevent. However, their harm is minimal when backups are immutable. Enabling backup immutability protects recovery points from overwriting, deletion or change. The WORM (write-once-read-many) model used to store the recovery points is effective to protect them from accidental deletions and ransomware threats. Make backup data stored in your local Linux-based repository or Amazon S3 bucket immutable directly in the NAKIVO Backup & Replication interface.

Best Practices 02

Schedule and Monitor Backups to Enhance Data Protection

Plan and schedule backup jobs carefully to avoid retention gaps, job overlaps and potential network overload. For example, create daily local backups, and send backup copies to the cloud weekly and to tape monthly. Use the Calendar dashboard in NAKIVO Backup & Replication to monitor the schedule and see all past, current and future jobs. Additionally, set up Job Chaining for backup copy jobs to start automatically after a successful backup and optimize resource use.

Use App-Aware Mode

When dealing with live applications and databases, having consistent backup data is key to a smooth, hassle-free recovery. With the App-Aware Mode enabled, the exact state of the application will be recorded to the backup file for Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Active Directory. Use the App-Aware Mode to launch the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) inside guest OS of source VMs to make applications flush data from memory to disk. Save your app and database data in a consistent state and recover it faster at any time.

Best Practices 03

Improve Performance and Save Resources

Proper performance control and resource distribution are essential to maintain the efficiency of the entire infrastructure. NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses Microsoft’s native Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) technology to write only the blocks that changed since the previous backup session. Network Acceleration increases VM backup, and recovery speed for both WAN and LAN. Bandwidth Throttling prevents backup jobs from overconsuming network resources. Additionally, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows excluding unused disk blocks during the backup procedure.

Verify Backups

The worst time to discover that your Microsoft Hyper-V backups are not recoverable is when your primary machine goes down. Checking VM recoverability is easy with Instant Verification. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers two verification methods for Microsoft Hyper-V backups. Boot Verification starts the VM from the backup and checks whether the hypervisor tools are running. Screenshot Verification boots the target VM and takes a screenshot of the VM’s screen. Verify that the system created the Microsoft Hyper-V backup successfully via an email report or by checking the job dashboard.

Resources for Hyper-V Backup

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White Paper

Hyper-V Backup: VSS in Native and Third-Party Solutions

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The Complete Guide to Hyper-V Clustering: Learn How to Achieve High Availability with Clustering Technology.

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Presentation

Product presentation showcasing NAKIVO’s new offerings, core benefits, latest achievements and so on.

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Solution Brief

Overview of Hyper-V backup and recovery—features, system requirements and more.

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Infographic

Infographic on main facts and figures about Hyper-V data protection and how you can get it right with NAKIVO Backup & Replication.

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Infographic for Hyper-V backup "Microsoft Hyper-V Tools for Monitoring Hosts and Guest VMs"

Infographic. A quick overview of key Hyper-V parameters and monitoring tools.

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Video Tutorials

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NAKIVO Backup & Replication for Hyper-V Backup

Watch this short video to learn how to get the most out of VM backup and recovery with NAKIVO Backup & Replication.

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How to Create a New VM in Hyper-V

Watch our video walkthrough to learn how to create and configure VMs in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V.

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How to Back Up Hyper-V VMs

This short video will demonstrate what steps you need to take to back up Microsoft Hyper-V VMs in NAKIVO Backup & Replication.

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How NAKIVO Backup & Replication Helps You Resolve Hyper-V Data Protection Challenges

Protecting Hyper-V Environments

Even in the best of circumstances, Hyper-V VMs can become corrupted, accidentally deleted or malfunction at any time, exposing your business to data loss. If you do not have a Hyper-V backup solution in place, recovering your lost data can range from time-consuming and expensive to impossible. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can perform image-based, incremental and application-aware backups of your Microsoft Hyper-V VMs to ensure your data is protected and recoverable. Image-based backups capture an entire Hyper-V VM at a point in time, including configuration files. This ensures that your VM is immediately ready for production after recovery. Application-awareness means that VM backups maintain the transactional consistency of applications, such as SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory. To keep your data safe, enable AES 256-bit encryption to protect Microsoft Hyper-V VM backups at rest and in-flight and use role-based access controls to limit unauthorized access.

Eliminating a Single Point of Failure

Data protection is all about resiliency – a single backup does not mean that your data is safe. If, for example, you store all your data on-premises, a site disaster could result in significant financial and data losses. The most effective way to eliminate a single point of failure is to have multiple backup copies with at least one located offsite or in the cloud. NAKIVO Backup & Replication makes it easy to create multiple backup copies of Microsoft Hyper-V VMs and supports a wide range of local storage devices, tape media and cloud storage providers. The Backup Copy feature creates mirrored copies of your Microsoft Hyper-V backups without affecting the source machine. From the same window, you can then send your copies directly to your preferred onsite, offsite or cloud storage destinations. NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi; leading NAS vendors; data deduplication appliances; and traditional and virtual tape libraries.

Shortening RTOs

Day-to-day operational disruptions, such as lost files and objects or a malfunctioning Hyper-V VM, are simple problems to fix but often result in unnecessarily long downtime for businesses. For example, recovering an entire Hyper-V VM to retrieve individual files or objects wastes time and resources, resulting in hidden costs for a business. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can perform granular recoveries and use Flash VM Boot to ensure small IT issues do not cost you lost revenue. Use Instant Object Recovery and Instant File Recovery to restore individual files or application objects back to source or custom locations directly from Hyper-V backups. This eliminates the need to first perform a time-consuming full recovery. If a VM becomes unavailable, use Flash VM Boot to nearly instantly boot a Hyper-V VM on a target host directly from a backup. By allowing you to continue your workflow without delay, Flash VM Boot dramatically reduces the potential consequences of IT downtime.

Lowering Storage Costs

For businesses with a large or growing virtual infrastructure, Microsoft Hyper-V VM backups require significant storage space, which translates to high hardware and cloud storage costs. NAKIVO Backup & Replication helps you cut these costs with a set of backup size reduction tools. Data deduplication removes duplicated data blocks from the Backup Repository, resulting in up to a 30-time reduction in storage requirements. Compression further reduces the size of backups by allowing you to choose the balance between backup size and backup speed that best fits your business needs. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers three compression levels: fast, medium and best. Swap data and unused block exclusion prevents unnecessary swap files, swap partitions and unused blocks from being included in backups. Employed together, the backup size reduction toolkit makes it simple to optimize your existing hardware and lower monthly cloud storage payments.

Reducing IT Impact on Business Processes

For businesses with a large virtual infrastructure, it can be a constant battle to fit backup windows within non-business hours. At the same time, other businesses need to perform backups during business hours to meet tight RPOs. Fortunately, with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, one of the most cost-effective Hyper-V backup solutions, you can shrink backup times and reduce network congestion. Increase the speed of backups by up to 2X with network acceleration and backup size reduction tools. Backup size reduction tools include Resilient Change Tracking (RCT), global deduplication, log truncation and skipping swap data and unused blocks. Set limits on how much bandwidth backups can use during business hours to minimize network congestion. Adapt to changing circumstances by raising or lowering the limit at any time. Completely eliminate network slowdowns and boost Hyper-V backup speed by enabling LAN-free data transfers.

Reducing Administrative Overhead

Each minute of downtime equals lost revenue and inefficient data protection practices result in unnecessarily high administrative overhead. Furthermore, as your data protection activities become more complex, the chance for mistakes, oversights and retention gaps to emerge rises sharply. To counter these risks, NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers a set of backup management features designed to ensure data remains protected in infrastructures of any complexity Use Policy-Based Data Protection to automate Hyper-V backups according to preferred parameters, such as VM tag, size or VM configuration. Comprehensive policies ensure VMs are properly accounted for, preventing policy gaps from emerging. Automate routine Hyper-V backup jobs to run on your preferred schedule and monitor completed and future tasks on the Calendar Dashboard. Integrate monitoring, automation and orchestration solutions with the NAKIVO Backup & Replication HTTP API for advanced automation controls.

Meeting Compliance Requirements

As data protection requirements get more sophisticated, businesses face new regulatory challenges in their data management practices. Many of these challenges, including ransomware protection and data retention gaps, involve backup practices. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can meet compliance requirements by creating backups of critical data to be used for reporting. Use the solution to create multiple recovery points to preserve business-critical data and ensure timely point-in-time. This Hyper-V backup solution allows you to retain up to 4,000 recovery points per VM using the GFS retention scheme. NAKIVO Backup & Replication also uses industry-grade encryption to protect backup data from unauthorized access. The solution’s advanced backup features can help you comply with different industry-specific regulatory requirements.

Ensuring Comprehensive Ransomware Protection

Ransomware has made it to the top of cybersecurity threats affecting organizations. New sophisticated techniques used by hackers are weakening traditional protection measures, so recovery from backup is often the only option to regain access to business data and avoid paying the ransom. To stay ahead of the curve, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to enable S3 Object Lock feature available in Amazon S3 to create ransomware-proof, immutable Hyper-V VM backups. The feature uses the write-once-read-many (WORM) model to keep backup objects protected from modification or deletion for the time period you specify. When storing your backups in the cloud, you can be certain that the data stays exactly as it was captured and ransomware cannot encrypt it. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can ensure your data is immutable to ransomware for as long as you need.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing

Starting at $99 per socket with a perpetual license. 1 year of Standard Support included.

Ensure your Hyper-V VMs are protected by purchasing a perpetual license or a subscription license of one of the most cost-efficient Hyper-V backup solutions. You can back up Hyper-V VMs and perform full VM recoveries with any edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. With Pro and Pro Essentials, you can perform the full range of data recoveries, leverage the enhanced backup performance features and more. With Enterprise, Enterprise Essentials and Enterprise Plus, you gain access to every backup administration and disaster recovery feature and the opportunity to offer DRaaS and BaaS.

Perpetual licenses are charged per CPU socket for indefinite use and include 1 year of free Standard Support, giving you access to technical support via phone, chat and email during business hours.

Subscription licenses are charged per workload and provide 24/7 Support, which gives you access to around the clock assistance. You can purchase one to five-year subscriptions.

For more details on pricing and editions, see NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing and Editions.

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  • Fast deployment. Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication and run your first backup job in just two minutes.
  • Protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments. Perform backups for VMware, Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV VMs, and Amazon EC2 instances; Windows and Linux physical servers/workstations; Microsoft Office 365 application data; and Oracle Database via RMAN.
  • Multiple backup destinations. Send backups to NAS appliances, the cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi and Microsoft Azure) or tape.
  • Instant recovery. Recover VMs, files and application objects back to original or custom locations. Boot VMs on target hosts directly from virtual or physical machine backups.
  • Site Recovery. Automate disaster recovery with unique failback and failover workflows for different disaster scenarios. Perform non-disruptive site recovery testing for guaranteed disaster recovery.
  • Reduce backup size. Save storage space with incremental backups, global deduplication, multiple compression levels and swap data exclusion.
  • Increase backup speed. Shorten backup windows with LAN-free data transfer and network acceleration. Cut backup times to NAS appliances by up to half.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to back up Hyper-V machines?

To back up a Hyper-V VM, you need to create a backup job. Click Create on the Dashboard and then click Microsoft Hyper-V backup job. After that, specify which VMs to back up, choose the backup destination and how often backups should occur. In the end, specify which options should be used.

What Hyper-V backup options can I choose?

In the Job Options section, you can give a name to the backup job and specify the details of how this backup job should be performed. For example, you can enable or disable application-aware mode and change tracking. Other options include network acceleration, encryption, VM verification, bandwidth throttling, and more.

Can I create different bandwidth throttling rules for different jobs?

Yes. There are two types of bandwidth rules: global and per job. Global rules apply to all backup jobs, while per-job rules apply only to selected jobs. When applied to a specific job, per-job bandwidth rules have higher priority than the global rules. You can modify or disable/enable each of your rules

Can I enable log truncation when performing Hyper-V backup?

Yes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to truncate Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server transaction logs. The transaction logs are deleted (or truncated) after the backup job is completed so that the log files are available in the VM backup. Set up log truncation in the Pre and Post Actions section.

Can I receive notifications and reports over email?

Yes, you can configure email settings, email notifications, and automatic reports in Email notifications. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can send notifications on the completion status of backup jobs (on global and per-job level), alarm (error) notifications, warning notifications, and more. You can specify one or more email addresses to send the notifications to.

What recovery options does NAKIVO Backup & Replication offer for Microsoft Hyper-V environments?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports full and granular recoveries for Microsoft Hyper-V environments. You can recover an entire VM to the latest state or to a previous point in time with all the relevant data, including configuration, OS, applications and system state. Instantly boot Hyper-V VMs VMs from the newly-created backups in your Hyper-V production environment. You can also instantly restore individual files or objects from a Hyper-V VM backup to their original or a custom location without recovering the entire VM. You can also use the Universal Object Recoveryy feature to recover any object in your infrastructure by mounting a disk from a recovery point to a target machine. Finally, you can use Cross-Platform Recovery to export and recover VM data across platforms (VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V).

Can I restore older versions of data?

Yes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to save up to 4,000 recovery points for each Hyper-V backup job, representing your Hyper-V VM as of a specific moment. These recovery points can be rotated daily, weekly, monthly and yearly using the grandfather-father-son (GFS) retention scheme, allowing you to restore the version of data you need.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication support backup for Hyper-V VMs located on Cluster Shared Volume (CSV)?

Yes. When the virtual disks of your Hyper-V VMs are located on a CSV, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically finds these VMs and allows you to back them up.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication provide ransomware protection for Hyper-V?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you protect your workloads against multiple types of malware and sophisticated ransomware attacks. The solution allows you to send your Hyper-V backups offsite, to a public cloud (Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, or Wasabi) or tape, ensuring you have more than one copy of data if your primary copy is encrypted by ransomware. You can also enable the S3 Object Lock feature in the solution to make your Hyper-V backup stored in Amazon S3 immutable and, hence, ransomware-proof for the duration you choose. The solution also supports the encryption standard AES-256 for encrypting data to make your Hyper-V data unreadable for unauthorized users, whether at rest or in flight.

What is Hyper-V Manager?

Microsoft Hyper-V Manager is an administrative tool that can be used to create, modify and remove VMs and hosts running in a Hyper-V virtual environment. However, Hyper-V Manager doesn’t offer the functionality to fully protect your data. NAKIVO Backup & Replication addresses this issue, letting you reliably back up your Hyper-V virtual machines.

What benefits does swap data exclusion offer?

Swap data files constantly grow, which results in gigabytes of unnecessary data being processed, transferred and stored every time you run a backup. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can automatically skip swap files and partitions during the backup process. Swap data exclusion can help you save on storage space, network resources, and the associated costs.

How can I encrypt Hyper-V backup data?

To encrypt Hyper-V backup data, you should enable encryption in the Options section. There are two types of encryption: in-flight and at-rest. In-flight encryption allows you to protect data as it travels over WAN. Equally important, at-rest encryption enables the protection of data stored in the backup repository.

Can I use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to perform replication of Hyper-V VMs?

Yes, you can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to create replicas, or point-in-time copies of Hyper-V VMs. You can automate replication jobs to save time on routine tasks. In the event of a disruption, you can fail over to your replica VM and then fail back when your production environment is up.

Can NAKIVO Backup & Replication back up VMs running on other hypervisors?

Yes. You can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to perform image-based, incremental, app-aware backup of VMware VMs. The solution supports vSphere 7. You can also run incremental, application-aware backups of Nutanix AHV VMs. Finally, you can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect Amazon EC2 instances.

Can I restore a VM backed up from VMware vSphere as a Hyper-V VM or vice versa?

Yes, you can restore a VM backed up from VMware vSphere to Hyper-V or vice-versa with NAKIVO Backup & Replication using the Cross-Platform Recovery feature. This feature allows you to export virtual disks from your Hyper-V backup, then import the virtual disks to another VM running on a VMware ESXi host (and vice versa). The Cross-Platform Recovery feature also allows you to export virtual disks from VM backups and keep them in archives (in the native VM disk format for the appropriate platform) so that you could recover a VM after years.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication support live applications and databases?

Yes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can use the application-aware mode when creating Hyper-V backups, ensuring data in applications like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database and other applications remain consistent and that files, application objects, and entire VMs are recoverable instantly when you need them.

Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication support backup of a Hyper-V cluster?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you perform backup and replication of all your important VMs as well as all VMs on a cluster. You can easily add entire clusters (Hyper-V VMs included) to your inventory with just a few clicks and track Hyper-V VMs that migrate between cluster servers to ensure that you always have backups and/or replicas of them.

Why you need NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect Microsoft Hyper-V VMs from ransomware

Why you need NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect Microsoft Hyper-V VMs from ransomware

Virtualization delivers scalability, efficiency and reliability for businesses. To make sure that you make the most of what virtualization has to offer, you need to ensure maximal uptime and availability. However, virtual machines are susceptible to ransomware attacks that can lead to prolonged downtime and data loss, not to mention ransom fee demands by cybercriminals. As cyberattacks get more sophisticated, it becomes increasingly difficult to protect against ransomware and keep ransomware at bay. In this light, having the means to restore your data is the best ransomware protection strategy. That is why a third-party backup solution like NAKIVO Backup & Replication is essential to ensure business continuity and minimal data loss. NAKIVO Backup & Replication lets you create incremental, application-aware and consistent Microsoft Hyper-V backups that use storage space efficiently and allow you to recover Microsoft Hyper-V data and VMs nearly instantly without paying hackers.

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How NAKIVO Backup & Replication protects Microsoft Hyper-V VMs against ransomware

In case ransomware prevention measures fail to stop a breach, a Microsoft Hyper-V backup solution is the only option for getting your data back without paying the ransom. NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses a combination of techniques that make the backup process quick, efficient and light on system resources. Thanks to Microsoft’s Resilient Change Tracking technology (RCT), the solution copies only the new and changed data to create a recovery point to keep storage space requirements low. The solution also makes it easy to manage your Microsoft Hyper-V backups and apply the 3-2-1 backup rule. You can use the Job Chaining feature to automate the creation of backup copies and ensure backup data tiering between local storage, offsite storage, the cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Azure) and tape. By sending copies to different locations to make sure you always have a backup copy to recover from.

How to create ransomware-resilient Microsoft Hyper-V backups with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

In a ransomware incident, backups stored locally or in the cloud can also be vulnerable to attack. NAKIVO’s Microsoft Hyper-V backup solution offers several features to help you protect backups from ransomware.

  • Backup storage tiering: Create multiple copies of backups and send them offsite, to the cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi) or to tape for safekeeping.
  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides two ransomware-resilient repositories to protect your backup data from encryption, deletion or modification by ransomware. Enable immutability for your backups sent to Amazon S3 with the S3 Object Lock feature or to Linux-based local repositories.
  • Backup Verification: Test your backups regularly to be certain that they can reliably restore your system after an incident. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can run a VM from backup to instantly verify its integrity and make a screenshot of the booted VM or check the availability of the Hyper-V integration services if installed. You can receive proof that your backup is ready for recovery via email or view it from the web interface.

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How to recover from a ransomware attack with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

The outcomes of a ransomware attack may vary depending on how early it is identified and localized, thus requiring different approaches to successfully recover your data. NAKIO Backup & Replication includes a selection of recovery options to make the process efficient and intuitive in any scenario. With Flash VM Boot, you can boot your Microsoft Hyper-V VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated backups. For businesses, this instant boot feature is a key part of ransomware protection as it enables workflows to resume in the shortest recovery time objectives (RTOs). If only some files or app objects are corrupted, you can restore them directly from backups using the granular restore feature. In the case of a ransomware attack that is quickly localized, granular restore can shorten the time of recovery by giving you instant access to critical data without the need to perform a full recovery.

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“In NAKIVO Backup & Replication, we found a stable VM backup solution that lets us back up VMs faster and recover VMs in minutes, which is extremely helpful in order to keep our business operations available at all times.”
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“With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, the university saved time and money, while gaining peace of mind. I now spend the majority of my time not on backup administration, but on other IT-related tasks.”.
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Boise cascade
“NAKIVO’s fast VM backup and VM replication keep our critical VMs running at all times. If our VMware VMs failed, we would only need a couple of minutes to recover with VM failover and failback.”
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Iemn
“With NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on QNAP NAS, the backup is 2.5X faster! We found a professional solution that covers all our needs, saves money, and provides reliability.”
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“With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, every hour that we save on VM backup administration can be translated into cost savings. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is resource-efficient in terms of installation and configuration. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is just what we needed.”
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