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NAKIVO – Testing Flash VM Boot Feature

NAKIVO Launches v5 Beta with Flash VM Boot feature .I have tried the Flash VM Boot on my LAB systems and  would like to demonstrate the same here. The Flash VM Boot feature provides the ability to boot VMware VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, without recovering the entire VMs first. The backup from which the VM is started remains unchanged to preserve the integrity of the data.The Flash VM Boot feature works right out of the box for both Windows-based and Linux-based VMs and provides customers with a rich set of opportunities, enabling them to:

  • Access files and application objects of any application on any OS within seconds.
  • Test system updates and application patches before applying them to production VMs.
  • Verify the VM backups and ensure that OSes and applications run properly.
  • Copy VMDK files and then delete the virtual machine.

 

Reference : https://nakivo.com/Resources/news/NAKIVO_v5_Beta.htm

 

Schedule &  Trigger the Backup for Specific VM

1. Once you have attached the VMware vCenter server, you can start creating the backup job for each VM’s. Login to the NAKIVO’s web-interface to create the backup job for VM. “Click on Create a Backup Job”

Overview Tab NAKIVO 21
Overview Tab NAKIVO

 

2. Browse the vCenter server and select the VM’s for which you want to create the backup job.

Creating the first backup job
Creating the first backup job

 

3. Select the Repository to store the VM backup .

Choose Repositorty
Choose Repository

 

4. Specify the backup schedule  for the selected VM.

Schedule the backup
Schedule the backup

 

5. Click “Finish & Run” to schedule the backup and trigger the backup now.

Finish and Run the Backup
Finish and Run the Backup

 

Backup Job in progress…..

Backup Job is running
Backup in Progress

 

Once the backup is completed, you will get the status like below.

ackup Job was successfull
backup Job was successful

Testing the NAKIVO’s VM Flash Boot 

1.Select the backup job and click on the recover tab. In the drop down, Select the VM flash boot.

Flash VM boot
Flash VM boot

 

2. Select the VM to run from the backup

Select the VM and click Next
Select the VM and click Next

 

3. Specify the VM location, Select the EXSi host ,datastore and VM network.

Select the Host and datastore
Select the Host and datastore

 

4. Specify the VM boot options. You can also select the type of recovery. Click Finish & Run if you want to boot the VM instantly

Specify the VM boot options
Specify the VM boot options

NAKIVO is preparing the VM to boot…

Preparing the VM
Preparing the VM

Once the VM is ready , you will get like below .

VM recovereed
VM recovered

 

5. Login to VMware vCenter server, and check the VM status.

VM is ready for operation
VM is ready for operation

 

NAKIVO’s VM flash boot features provides fastest VM recovery.

What can we do with this Recovered VM ,

  • Access files and application objects of any application on any OS within seconds.
  • Test system updates and application patches before applying them to production VMs.
  • Verify the VM backups and ensure that OSes and applications run properly.
  • Copy VMDK files and then delete the virtual machine.

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2 comments

  1. Interesting tool. Just study below link about the differences between veeam and nakivo. Its very cheap and biggest advantagescompare the veeam is that can be installed as appliance or on Linux as well not only stick with Windows.

    Coolest thing above all is group deduplication means deduplication among jobs not only between job.

    http://nakivo.com/Resources/NBR-NAKIVO-vs-Veeam.pdf

    But not sure whether it support features like directly booting from backup, as in case of vPower 7 (NFS booting of VM) that is very important feature of veeam which help to minimize the downtime of restoration. if that is also possible then it can give tough competition to veeam, indeed.

    Regards
    Vikrant

  2. Ooops!! just study your article carefully it has that feature already 🙂

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