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Nakivo backup appliance now also for QNAP NAS

I’m using the Nakivo backup appliance on my Synology NAS for some time now. I’m quite happy with I thought it would be nice when there became support for QNAP. I have a high end QNAP NAS with more performance then my Synology devices, so it would be nice if I could use the extra performance and disk capacity. Now it’s possible!

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Nakivo released their appliance now with support for QNAP! Using their appliance could save you a lot of time, because the appliance writes directly to the disks in doesn’t rely on networkprotocols such as NFS and CIFS. You should notice that with your backup times!

The reason I think using a NAS device for backup is that you just buy a nice enough NAS and you’re ready to go. You don’t have to use servers, virtualization software, antivirus software, management tooling etc. Just one box, place it whereover you like and off you go! Another point to keep in mind, you’re backup VM in on the same host as the server(s) which are down? Now you don’t have to reinstall or restore that server. It saves you time!

Installation of the QNAP package is very simple. Just login to your QNAP and open the AppCenter. Go to Backup/Sync and notice the NAKIVO package. Just click on it to install. You don’t have to manually download&upload the file or something like that. The program itself has the same look and feel.

 


Howto: Update Nakivo Backup and Replication V7 NAS Appliance

I like the fact that Nakivo Backup & Replication v7 is extremely easy to use and their interface is very intuitive to use.  Recently Nakivo released 7.0.1 of their Backup & Replication software.   Updating the Nakivo Backup & Replication appliance is an extremely intuitive and straight forward process.  I’m using the NAS appliance of NBR, so let’s take a look at how to update Nakivo Backup and Replication v7 appliance (NBR from now).

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In the main interface you see a notice that there is an update available. Click on that notice :

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Use the download button to go to the download page.

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Choose your NAS vendor, in my case I choose the Synology package.

After downloading to to the Package Center of the Synology NAS:

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Choose the manual installation option (sorry for the Dutch language :-))

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Browse to SPK (Synology Package) file and choose next

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Read & accept the license agreement.

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Choose to apply the update. After applying the update start NBR:

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Notice the update notification is gone:

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You just upgraded to the latest release of Nakivo Backup & Replication!

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For more information please find the release notes here.

You see upgrading to the latest release is very easy.


Nakivo Backup & Replication in depth review

Some time ago I wrote about Nakivo Backup & Replication, more info here. In this blogpost I’m going to write about some special features I especially like about Nakivo Backup & Replcation (NBR from this point on..)

Flash VM Boot

Flash VM Boot enables you to run (boot) VM’s directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups without recovering the entire VM first. You don’t need any additional configuration and all changes don’t effect the backup  and are discarded when the VM is powered off. (You don’t have altered backup files)

Enabling Flash VM boot is very easy. Go to the recover menu and select Flash VM Boot.

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Select the VM

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After you click Finish & Run you see your Flash VM running on your VMware server. When the recovered VM is no longer needed, click Discard in the menu to power off and remove the VM.

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Like I mentioned all the changes are abonded. You are able to save your changes by replicating or backup this temporary VM.

Screenshot Backup verification

When you perform a back-up you want 100% confirmation that your backup is succesful. Nakivo Backup & Replication  (NBR) has a unique feature called Screenshot Backup Verification. This means that after a backup, NBR uses Flash VM boot to quickly mount and start (without network connectivity) the specific VM. After booting up the server, NBR takes a screenshot of the powered on VM and emails you that picture. The VM is then powered off. This way you see that the backup works. NBR uses iSCSI technology for mounting the backup files.

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Screenshot Verification can also be started on demand when you choose to.

Nakivo Virtual Appliance

It is very easy to deploy and configure the Nakivo Virtual appliance on your VMware server.After you download the OVF from the Nakivo website you can easily import that on your server.

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The benefits of deploying an OVF file is that a) it saves you a lot of time, b) you don’t have to spend so much time maintaining and patching your server and c) it’s ready to go. Just import it and it works! No need for configuring.

After importing the OVF file you can start the appliance.

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Configure the network settings, set the date/time and do a Software update. One remark : I updated the appliance using the CLI (it’s just Linux (Ubuntu) running) and afterwards I noticed bad network performance. When updating using the normal NBR interface everything worked fine. De default username/password is root/root. Don’t forget to change this! You can login to the appliance using https://<IP>:4443

 

 


NFR key for Nakivo Backup & Replication

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. This offer ends on December 30, 2016.

Click here for more information.


Review: Nakivo backup & Replication for VMware

Backup is more and more important. That’s why there are several company’s proving great products for this.
Nakivo has their Backup & Replication tool for VMware (and Amazon but that will not be covered right now) and in this blogpost you find my experiences.

Nakivo backup & Replication (NBR from now..) comes in different distribution formats:

  • VMware Virtual Appliance (OVF)
  • NAS Package (Western Digital and Synology)
  • Pre configured Amazon Machine Image
  • Linux version
  • and a Windows version

Installation

I’ve tried the Linux, Windows and the NAS version. All the versions offer the same functionality. I installed the OVF version in my VMware environment and found that the installation was very straightforward and was done in minutes. After logging on the first time just add your VMware server(s) or vCenter and off you go! Don’t forget to change the default password although!

The interface is very to the point. Just make a https connection to port 4443 and login with your credentials.

Ok let’s create a job :

Choose Create and select the VMware vSphere backup job.

Select the VM you wish to backup:

Select the repository you wish to save your backup file to. You can choose not to select all the virtual machine hard drives.

Schedule your job

You have the option to change some advanced options

Click Finish & Run and your first back-up is done!

Synology Package

I also installed the Synology Package on my NAS. Like as expected that was very ease. Just make sure all sources are trusted and install the package. After a few steps the package is installed and provides the same functionality as the (for example) Windows version. I tried the package on 2 different Synology models. A high end and entry level and it worked fine on both devices. I saw minor differences in performance.  I think installing a product like this on a NAS provides great functionality. Many of my customers use a Synology NAS for their backup only. Now there is no Windows or Linux VM and hypervisor on location necessary.

Support

I had some technical questions (concering transport role) so I went to the Nakivo homepage. After a short chat session I was helped by a technical support engineer which friendly helped me. It seems that their support is quite adequate. I shall continuing test this product and shall share my support experiences.

Send Nakivo Feedback, Get $20 Gift Card

Nakivo loves to know what you think about their product. Get $20 Amazon gift card for performing the following tasks:

  1. Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication and discover your infrastructure.
  2. Use the product, such as create and run at least one backup job.
  3. Send the support bundle to support@nakivo.com by December 30, 2016.
  4. Provide your feedback by filling out a short survey.

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Pricing

Nakivo comes in 4 different versions : Pro Essentials ($199), Enterprise Essentials($299), Pro ($399) and Enterprise ($599). I think their pricing is very competitive. Check out more information about pricing here.

Wishlist and improvements

After testing Nakivo Backup & Replication (and some of the other vendors and their products) I think Nakivo is a very interesting product. Altough their is some room for improvement concerning the GUI (interface). (For example you are able to add 2 jobs with the same name/description and that can be confusing) I also would like to see the following :

  • Support for other NAS vendors (for example Qnap)
  • Support for Azure
  • Deploy Transport role/VM within the user interface
  • Update/upgrade within the GUI

Conclusion

I think Nakivo provides a very interesting product which lots of interesting functionality. I especially like the Synology NAS appliance because it makes the life of the system administrator easier. Also their pricing is very competitive. Their is room for improvement (as always) but the product seems very stabile. In my next review about nakivo I’m going to test the transport role, multi tenancy, self-service, Exchange log truncation, self service and their API interface. Lot’s to come! When you have experience with Nakivo also, please leave a reply.