Hyper-V Backup: Fast, Simple, Powerful

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

The software was built by experts for optimal integration with Hyper-V environments. NAKIVO Backup & Replication interfaces with Microsoft’s VSS to allow backups of live VMs and ensures application-aware backup for other Microsoft server software, such as Sharepoint, Exchange, SQL, or Active Directory. Built with your needs in mind, NAKIVO Backup & Replication features an intuitive web interface, which you can easily access at any time, from anywhere, on any device.

Key Features at a Glance

  • 1-click installation, easy-to-use web interface
  • Automated screenshot verification of backups
  • Full VM recovery to the same or another host
  • Agentless, image-based backup of live Hyper-V VMs
  • Network Acceleration and LAN-free data transfer
  • Instant VM recovery (Flash VM Boot)
  • Up to 1,000 GFS recovery points per VM backup
  • Exclusion of swap data during backup
  • Instant recovery of individual files and folders
  • Support for Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes
  • MS SQL and Exchange log truncation
  • Instant recovery of application objects
  • Backup copy offsite and to Azure/AWS clouds

Reliable Hyper-V Backup

Hyper-V Backup

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides native backup for Hyper-V Server 2016, Hyper-V Server 2012 (R2), and Hyper-V Server 2012. This Hyper-V backup solution can back up live running VMs without installing any agents or interrupting VM operation. NAKIVO Backup & Replication leverages Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) technology to create application-aware backups for Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SQL, and SharePoint. This ensures that your applications and databases are copied in a transactionally consistent state.

The resulting Hyper-V backup includes all VM data and VM configuration. You can recover individual OS files and application objects, as well as the entire VM, in the exact state they were in during the backup. For each Hyper-V backup, you can save up to 1,000 recovery points, rotating them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

Fast Hyper-V 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 incremental; after the initial full backup, the product makes use of Hyper-V’s native Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) technology, transferring only changed data blocks to the repository. The data is stored using the cutting-edge full synthetic approach, eliminating the need to run periodic full backups and recovery point transformations. Additionally, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with speed-boosting features, such as Network Acceleration and LAN-free backup mode. Together, these technologies can boost VM backup speed by up to 2X in WAN and busy LAN networks.

Efficient Hyper-V Backup

HyperV Backup

Backing up Hyper-V environments means you need to store more and more data every day. To reduce the size of your backups, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically skips swap data, which would otherwise be read, processed, transferred, and stored in the repository. To further reduce backup size, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically deduplicates all VM backups across an entire repository, even if the repository stores a mix of Hyper-V, VMware, and EC2 instance backups. The deduplicated data blocks are then automatically compressed to occupy the least amount of space. These data reduction technologies work together behind the scenes to significantly reduce the storage space occupied by VM backups, saving you resources and money.

Backup Protection

Having a simple disaster recovery plan in place is crucial for resuming business-critical operations quickly after accidents or disasters. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you easily set up Hyper-V 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 custom rules specifying which VMs should be copied, where, how, and when.

Backup Verification

NAKIVO Backup & Replication’s automated screenshot verification feature gives you peace of mind. Every time a Hyper-V backup job completes, the software test-recovers each VM backup, takes a screenshot of the OS, and then discards the VM. This way, you can rest assured that your backups are functional and bootable.


Quick and Flexible Recovery

Instant Granular Recovery

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can instantly recover files, Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails), Microsoft SQL Server objects (such as databases or tables), and Active Directory objects (such as users) directly from the deduplicated Hyper-V backups in your repository. Once you choose a recovery type as well as a recovery point, the data is read from the repository and displayed in the product’s web interface within seconds. From there, you can browse, search, and select items that you need, then recover them with a push of a button. There is no need to restore the entire Hyper-V VM first.

Hyper-V VM Recovery

In just a few clicks, you can restore an entire Hyper-V VM to either the same or a new host. The repository can be anywhere – in the same location, offsite, or in an Azure or AWS cloud. The VMs are restored in their entirety and in the exact same state as they were 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 combines backup software, backup hardware, data deduplication, and backup storage into a single device that offers everything you need for efficient Hyper-V data protection.


Hyper-V Backup Automation

NAKIVO Backup & Replication features several tools to help you automate Hyper-V backup. You can add entire Hyper-V hosts to a backup job. This way, all existing VMs and any new VMs added to the Hyper-V host in the future are automatically included in the job. You can also set up job chaining (e.g., have a Hyper-V backup job trigger a Backup Copy job), run custom pre- or post-job scripts, and integrate with third-party monitoring tools using HTTP APIs.


With the multi-tenant mode, NAKIVO Backup & Replication lets you deliver Hyper-V backup as a service to your customers. You can create multiple isolated tenants within a single copy of the product. Each tenant has access only to their own jobs and environment via the self-service portal.