Nakivo Hyper-V Backup

Video Walk Through of NAKIVO Hyper-V Backup – Installation

I have a Hyper-V server 2016 with SCCM, AD servers, and Windows 10 virtual machines. In this post, I will share my experience of installing NAKIVO Hyper-V backup solution. NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports Microsoft Hyper-V 2016, 2012(R2), and 2012 hypervisors. The installation is straightforward and it did take less than 5 minutes for me.

Download NAKIVO backup and replication solution from here

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides integration with Microsoft Active Directory. You can easily map Active Directory groups to NAKIVO Backup & Replication user roles. I am planning to cover BACKUP and RESTORE guide in the future blog posts. IE is missing from the recommended browsers list of NAKIVO. I don’t know what the exact reason for the same is. In this post, I will cover the follow:-

Prerequisites for NAKIVO Microsoft Hyper-V backup
How to Install NAKIVO Backup and Replication Solution
What is a Transporter?
NAKIVO troubleshooting Logs
How to Perform NAKIVO Configurations
How to Create a New Backup Repository for NAKIVO Hyper-V
Video Tutorial of NAKIVO Backup & Replication Installation

Prerequisites for NAKIVO Microsoft Hyper-V backup

Full administrative permissions are required
Default administrative shares must be enabled on Hyper-V hosts
The "File server" role must be enabled on Hyper-V hosts
The SMB v1 protocol should be enabled on Hyper-V hosts

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can be installed on the following operating systems.

 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (x64)
 Windows Server 2012 Standard (x64)
 Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (x64)
 Windows 10 Professional (x64)
 Windows 8 Professional (x64)
 Windows 7 Professional (x64)

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can be accessed from the following Web browsers:

Google Chrome v26 or later
Mozilla Firefox v21 or later

How to Install NAKIVO Backup and Replication Solution

NAKIVO can be installed on Windows, Linux, and NAS. To install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on Windows platform, run the NAKIVO Backup & Replication installer and click Install. This is explained in the Video tutorial here.

NAKIVO has 3 main components, and those are Director, Transporter, and Backup Repository. When you select FULL Installation then, all the three components will get automatically installed. Following are the configuration which I selected for installation.

Installation Type:        Full solution
Create Repository:        E:\Program Files
Installation Path:        C:\Program Files\NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Director Web UI port:     4443
Transporter Port:         9446

Nakivo Hyper-V Backup

What is a NAKIVO Transporter?

A Transporter is a service that runs actual backup, replication, and recovery tasks. These components are also responsible for management of backup repositories. Do I Need a Transporter? One transporter called the “On-board transporter” is already included in your installation. If you run a large environment or have multiple sites, you may need additional transporters.

NAKIVO Logs Location for Troubleshooting

C:\Program Files\NAKIVO Backup & Replication\logs\0

How to Perform NAKIVO Configurations

Following are the configuration steps General, Inventory, Transporters, Repositories, Events, and Licensing. Inventory and backup repository configurations are the most important settings from my perspective. Inventory is the place where you add the hypervisor connectivity details and inventory of that infrastructure.

I tested NAKIVO inventory option with Adding Hyper-V Servers to connect my SCCM Hyper-V lab infrastructure with NAKIVO. Nakivo Hyper-V Backup

Display Name: Type: select whether you want to add a standalone Hyper-V server
Hostname or IP: Specify the hostname or IP address of the Hyper-V server
Username and Password: Specify credentials of the Hyper-V server that you want to add to the inventory.
The credentials you specify should have full administrative privileges to the Hyper-V server
WS MAN port: 5986 - Specify the port number for WS MAN

How to Create a New Backup Repository for NAKIVO Hyper-V

To create a new Backup Repository, follow the steps below:-

  1. Click Configuration in the upper right corner of the product.
  2. Go to the Repositories tab and click Add Backup Repository
  3. Click Create new backup repository
  4. Fill out the fields as described below:
    Name, The target (Assigned transporter), Type (Forever incremental, Incremental with full backups), Location (Local folder on assigned transporter) etc…
  5. To specify advanced options, click More options and perform the following options Storage Savings & Encryption

Video Tutorial of NAKIVO Backup & Replication Installation


Hyper-V Backup Step by Step Installation and Configuration Video Guide 1

Hyper-V Backup Step by Step Installation and Configuration Video Guide

In this post, we will see the details of Hyper-V backup step by step installation and configuration guide. I have build a hyper-v server 2016 with three VMs. This is my new SCCM CB lab and Altaro VM backup has been installed and configured on that server to take backup of my hyper-v VMs. The restoration process of Hyper-v VMs from Altaro VM Backup will be covered in the future blog post. I’ll cover the installation, configuration, VM backup, backup retention and VM backup health check in this blog post.

I’ve covered the all topics mentioned above in the video tutorial here

Recently, Altaro released, Altaro VM Backup v7 with vSphere 6.5 and Windows Server 2016 support, concurrency update and the new Cloud Management Console more details here. They have included other features into the new version of the Altaro VM backup v7 boot VM from Backup, and Augmented Inline Deduplication. The new Unlimited Plus Edition also comes with a new online console here. In general, this version will give you considerable increased backup concurrency per Hypervisor and added with Altaro’s inline deduplication technology, the user can benefit from huge storage space saving and much better backup speeds.


Step1 – Connecting to Hyper-V and Discovering VMS

Hosts – This is the step where the Hyper-v machines have been discovered via Altaro VM backup. I have SCCM infra structure setup with this Hyper-V lab. So, Altaro was able to find the 3 VMs as part of STEP 1 discovery.

STEP 2 – Setting up Backup locations for VM backups

Backup Locations – This is the place where we Setup backup location for each Hyper-V VM. You can provide network location and external hard disk. Setting up backup location is just easy. Altaro backup automatically discover the external hard disk or USBs connected to your Hyper-V server. You can just drag and drop your VMs to particular backup location and that is it!


The scheduling of backup tasks for Hyper-V VMs via Altaro Hyper-V backup is very easy. You can setup retention policy of Hyper-V VMs backups as per your organizational requirement.

Advanced settings will provide you the options to customize and skip IOS files from Hyper-V VM backups. And if your organization has some encryption requirement while backing up VMs, then Altaro has an out of box setting to configure encryption of VMs.

STEP 3 – Hyper-V VM Backup, Retention Schedules and Reports

Step 3 is last stage which I’m going to cover in this post. This is all about taking the backup of Hyper-V VMs using Altaro backup solution. When you click on “+” symbol on the right side of your VM and click on “Take Backup” button, then Altaro will send the instructions to the hypervisor. You can also schedule the Hyper-V VM backups for automation of the backup process.


You can also check and verify the backup which has already completed. Schedule Test Drills and Test – Verify backups options are for automating validation of Hyper-V VMs backup. There are useful out of box reports which will provide you the details about the Altaro Backup jobs which are completed.

Retention policies are useful to automat the deletion of old Hyper-V VM backups on a particular schedule. As per my testing this is very useful to have better storage management.  Check out the video tutorial to know more about Altaro services and file system. There are 8 Altaro Services running  on the hyper-v server.

Altaro_Hyper-V_backup_Solution_retention_PolicyConclusion :-

I covered installation, configuration, VM backup, backup retention and VM backup health check in this post. In the later post, I will cover the recover options of Altaro VM Backup solution in details. Overall I had a great user experience with installation, configuration and VM backup of Altaro VM Backup. The drag and drop options for VMs are most favourite option in Altaro VM backup. Stay tuned for the next post restore topic.