Hyper-V Backup: Fast, Simple, Powerful

NAKIVO Backup & Replication simplifies and automates Hyper-V backup, and provides a variety of recovery options, should you need to get your data or an entire VM back. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides built-in features that work behind the scenes to reduce backup time, save storage space, ensure data recoverability, and shorten recovery time. For heavily loaded virtualized environments, NAKIVO also includes numerous advanced auto-retry features that can significantly reduce your time managing VM backups.

Built with your needs in mind, NAKIVO Backup & Replication features an intuitive (and responsive) web interface, which you can access at any time and from anywhere. At the same time, the product is designed to support large and distributed environments so it can easily scale out with your business both in one datacenter and across multiple, geographically distributed locations: some of our customers protect 3,000+ VMs and span across 150+ locations.

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Key Features at a Glance

  • 1-click installation, easy-to-use web interface
  • Instant file recovery
  • Agentless, image-based backup of live Hyper-V VMs
  • Instant Exchange objects recovery
  • Application-aware, forever-incremental VM backup
  • Instant SQL objects recovery
  • Up to 1,000 GFS recovery points per VM backup
  • Instant Active Directory objects recovery
  • Built-in global data deduplication and compression
  • Full VM recovery to the same or a new host
  • Exclusion of swap files and partitions
  • SQL log truncation
  • Backup copy offsite and to Azure/AWS clouds
  • Exchange log truncation
  • Automated backup verification
  • Support for Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes

The Right Hyper-V Backup

Hyper-V Backup

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides native backup for Hyper-V Server 2016 and Hyper-V Server 2012 (R2). The product can back up live running Hyper-V Virtual Machines without installing any agents in VMs or interrupting VM operation. To ensure that data in applications and databases (such as Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, SharePoint) is consistent, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can use the application-aware backup mode, which relies on Microsoft VSS technology.

The resulting Hyper-V backup includes all VM data and VM configuration, so that you can recover OS files, application objects, and the entire VM in exactly the same state as it was during the backup. For each backup, you can save up to 1,000 recovery points, and rotate them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

The Fast Backup

Hyper V Backup

With architecture optimized for performance, NAKIVO Backup & Replication gets the most from your environment bandwidth to complete backup jobs as fast as possible. Hyper-V backups are forever-incremental and (after the initial full backup) use the Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) technology to transfer only changed data to the backup repository. The data is stored using the cutting-edge full synthetic mode, which eliminates the need for running periodic full backups and recovery point transformations. On top of that, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with great features, such as Network Acceleration, which speeds up data transfer, and LAN-free backup mode, which uses the Hot Add feature to read data faster and decrease the network load. Together, these technologies can boost backup speed by up to 2X in WAN and busy LAN networks.

The Small Backup

HyperV Backup

Even with forever-incremental backups, you need to store more and more data every day. To reduce backup size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically skips unnecessary swap data, which would otherwise be read, processed, transferred and stored in the backup repository. To further reduce backup size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all VM backups across an entire backup repository, even if the repository stores a mix of Hyper-V, VMware, and EC2 instance backups. As a result of deduplication, only unique data blocks are stored in the backup repository. On top of that, the deduplicated data blocks are automatically compressed, so they occupy the least amount of space possible on the disk. These data reduction technologies work together behind the scenes to significantly reduce space occupied by VM backups.

Backup Protection

What if your Hyper-V VMs and their backups get encrypted by ransomware? Or lost in a fire? Or drowned by a burst water pipe, stolen, accidentally deleted, corrupted, or become unavailable? You’d better have a backup for a backup! NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to easily set up backup copy jobs and send backup copies to a safe offsite location. You can even copy backups to Azure and AWS clouds. You can choose to maintain one (or multiple) exact copies of your backups or set rules as to what, where, how, and when should backups be copied.

Backup Verification

Using the backup verification feature, NAKIVO Backup & Replication checks VM backups at the block level and ensures that the data written to the backup repository is identical to the data that was read from the source VM, thus verifying that application objects, files, and the entire VM can be recovered.


When You Need Your Data Back

Instant Granular Recovery and eDiscovery

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can instantly recover files, Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails), Microsoft SQL Server objects (such as databases and tables), and Active Directory objects (such as users) directly from compressed and deduplicated Hyper-V VM backups. Once you choose a recovery type and a recovery point, data is read from the backup repository and displayed in the product’s web interface within seconds. From there, you can browse, search, and select items that you need, and then recover them with a push of a button, without restoring the entire Hyper-V VM first.

Hyper-V VM Recovery

In just a few clicks, you can restore an entire Hyper-V VM back to the same or to a new host. The backup repository can be located anywhere – in the same location, offsite, or in Azure or AWS cloud. The VM can be restored in its entirety and in the same state as it was during the backup.

Hyper-V Backup Appliance Based on Your NAS

You can create a high-performance VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly on a QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, or Western Digital NAS! This way, you can separate backup from your environment, offload backup workloads from your Hyper-V servers to the NAS, and combine backup software, backup hardware, data deduplication, and backup storage in a single device that has all you need for VM backup and recovery.


Backup Automation

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides great features that help automate Hyper-V backup. First off, you can add entire Hyper-V hosts to a backup job. This way, all existing VMs and new VMs that appear on the Hyper-V host in the future can be automatically added to the backup job. You can also chain jobs (so that a backup job triggers a Backup Copy job, for example), run custom Pre and Post Job Scripts as well as integrate with 3rd-party monitoring and automation tools by using HTTP APIs.


In the multi-tenant mode, NAKIVO Backup & Replication enables delivering backup as a service to your customers. In this mode, you can create multiple isolated tenants within the single copy of the product, while each tenant can access only their own jobs and environment via the self-service portal.