Today we examine what's new in NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.2, a disaster recovery solution for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs).

Timothy Warner

Timothy Warner is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management Most Valuable Professional (MVP) who is based in Nashville, TN. Check out his Azure and Windows Server video training at Pluralsight, and feel free to reach out to Tim via Twitter.

Over the past few years, I've spent quite a bit of time with NAKIVO Backup & Replication for both Hyper-V and VMware. In fact, if you want some general product background, check out my prior 4sysops review of version 7.0.

NAKIVO (pronounced nah-KEE-voh) released Backup & Recovery v7.2 on August 28. Let's take a close look at the new features NAKIVO added to the solution.

Integration with ASUSTOR NAS ^

Historically, NAKIVO Backup & Replication has integrations with leading network-attached storage (NAS) appliance vendors such as QNAP, Synology, and Western Digital. The idea here is you can eliminate the need for having an extra physical or virtual server and have an "all-in-one" backup and replication solution.

Version 7.2 now features integration with ASUSTOR NAS appliances. This means you can install NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly on the appliance for a converged, one-box disaster recovery solution that even integrates with the Amazon Web Services cloud for offsite data storage.

ASUSTOR NAS

ASUSTOR NAS

SQL Server Log Truncation ^

Most businesses schedule backups of not only their SQL Server data files, but also the transaction log files. Having transaction log backups supports point-in-time recovery, so it's a crucial step.

Immediately after performing a transaction log backup, it's a good idea to truncate the working transaction log to save potentially gigabytes of storage on your database servers. As a great convenience to database and storage administrators, NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.2 now can truncate SQL Server transaction logs for you automatically.

This new feature applies to SQL Server 2008 and later editions. In the following screenshot, I show you how you can reach this feature. In the New Backup Job Wizard workflow, simply select Truncate SQL Server logs and point to the transaction logs you want to truncate. Done and done!

SQL Server log truncation saves you lots of disk space

SQL Server log truncation saves you lots of disk space

SQL Server Instant Object Recovery ^

The use case here is simple: you need to recover a damaged SQL Server database or table, and you need to perform the restore quickly. In NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.2, you can recover SQL Server objects to the same or a different SQL Server host. You can also recover items into a file.

In the following screenshot I run the Object Recovery Wizard for Microsoft SQL Server, and select the SQL Server items I need to recover.

SQL Server object recovery

SQL Server object recovery

Calendar Dashboard ^

As your virtualization infrastructure grows, so does the complexity of your backup schedules. Speaking for myself, I absolutely love calendars because they allow me to look at multiple appointments from a proverbial "bird's-eye" perspective.

Backup & Replication v7.2 gives us a much-needed visual calendar display for scheduled backup jobs. These calendars are more than "pretty pictures." They allow you to spot backup window overlaps instantly, and you can edit scheduled backup properties directly from the calendar view.

In fact, the following screenshot shows the calendar dashboard as seen in the backup job creation process.

Calendar dashboard

Calendar dashboard

Enhanced Job Scheduler ^

The new calendar dashboard views are directly related to the NAKIVO Backup & Replication job scheduler. We now have the ability to assign multiple schedules to a single job. For example, you might schedule a job to run at 12:00 AM on weekdays and 12:00 PM on weekends.

Once again, the following screenshot demonstrates both a multi-schedule backup job as well as the interdependence of the job scheduler and the calendar dashboard views.

Enhanced job scheduler

Enhanced job scheduler

Wrap-up ^

Check out the NAKIVO website for product pricing information. In my experience, NAKIVO does a good job of both keeping up with industry trends (like integrating their public cloud providers as well as hardware vendors) and listening to customer feedback. Version 7.2 is a solid upgrade and brings much-needed conveniences to the busy virtualization administrator.

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