Wednesday 12 October 2016

Replicate VM's with Nakivo Backup & Replication

We have already dedicated couple of articles related to Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 wherein we have seen the architectural components and also talked about new features available in Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 here is a link for your quick reference Demystifying Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1

In our last post related to Nakivo Backup and Replication Series we also discussed about 

Backup/Recover Active Directory Objects with Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 in case you missed it here is the link for your quick reference 
Backup/Recover Active Directory Objects with Nakivo

Time to dig deeper and test some more Replication related 
functionalities of Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 those of you who are not aware about how this is working in my environment.

Well I downloaded the Windows based installer for Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 and integrated the same with my Home Lab environment here is the quick link for you to download the same Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1.

Replicating VM's with Nakivo Back up and Replication

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides us the ability to replicate VMware Virtual Machines by creating and maintaining an identical copy of the source VM/Instance at the target location

Using Nakivo Backup & Replication we can replicate our Virtual Machines by creating a job that specifies the VM's we are planning to replicate, and also talks about the location where the replicas should be located.

In my Home Lab environment I am planning to replicate one of my Virtual Machine running in my USGC PROD Datacenter. 

Once we have selected the Virtual Machine to Replicate it's time to choose the Destination Host (ESXi02), Destination Datastore (Shared) and the Destination Network (VM Network).

*Note: Installation/Configurations/Specifications methods used here has been Tested in My Home Lab Nested Environment

It's time specify the Job Schedule when are we planning to run the Replication Job we have created for our Virtual Machines. In order to proceed further with the testing i did not scheduled it rather made it run immediately.

Final Step where we can specify parameters like (Job Name,  App Aware Mode which is enabled by default to provide application and database consistency by relying on VMware quiescing technology and can also select recovery point retention).

Some advance parameter like whether to append replica names or leave it as it and what are pre and post action (including execution of scripts).

It's always good to see the Job running successfully at least for a person like me who has little exposure on Backup and Replication Products It's the user friendly GUI Experience that helps me feel more comfortable.

Will be writing another article to explain each of these above mentioned options and will also have a look at advance parameters in our next post related to Nakivo Backup and Replication Series.

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