Review NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 released

NAKIVO announced today that NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 is out of beta and available. This new version includes the following new features:

  • Support for VMware vSphere 6.7: It’s now officially compatible with the latest version of VMware vSphere.
  • Cross-Platform Recovery: With the Cross-Platform Recovery feature, users can export VM data from VMware and Hyper-V backups into VMDK, VHD, or VHDX format. The exported files can then be used for recovery across different hypervisors, cross-platform VM data migration, long-term archival, or sandbox testing.
  • Advanced Bandwidth Throttling: Allow you to set speed limits during data protection jobs to avoid network overload for example during business hours.
  • Dell EMC Data Domain Boost Support: Dell EMC Data Domain: Integrates with the BoostFS plugin, combining benefits of the VM backup software with the source-side deduplication offered by Dell EMC Data Domain Boost. As a result of this integration, VM backup size can be reduced by up to 17X while VM backup speed can be improved by as much as 50%.
  • NETGEAR ReadyNAS VM Backup Appliance:  can be installed directly on NETGEAR ReadyNAS devices, creating a cost-effective VM backup appliance. The ReadyNAS-based appliance is a 5-in-1 solution featuring backup hardware, software, storage, built-in global data deduplication, and backup-to-cloud functionality. This is already possible with QNAP and Synology NAS devices.

NAKIVO develops data protection solutions for VMware, Hyper-V, and cloud environments such as Amazon and Azure. I was asked to do an independent review of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. In a series of blog posts I will look closer to existing and new features of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5. I’ll will be highlight the following topics:

  • Installation and basic configuration, link
  • Backup and Recovery, link
  • Replication (coming soon)
  • Editions and licensing (coming soon)
  • Conclusion (coming soon)

More information can be found here:

  • NAKIVO VMware Backup, link
  • NAKIVO Hyper-V Backup, link
  • NAKIVO AWS EC2 backup. link
  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 full-featured trial download, link
  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 release notes, link

 

Quick Tip – PowerCLI Invalid server certificate

When trying to connect with PowerCLI to a vCenter Server Appliance the following error occurred:

Connect-vIServer : 18-7-2018 13:20:10 Connect-VIServer Error: Invalid server certificate. Use Set-PowerCLIConfiguration to set the value for the InvalidCertificateAction option to Prompt if you’d like to connect once or to add a permanent exception for this server.

As stated in the error, the Set-PowerCLIConfiguration command can be used to ignore the certificate check using the following syntax:

Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction Ignore -Confirm:$false

After this command you’re able to connect to the vCenter without the certificate error.

Slow network throughput between Ubiquiti EdgeRouter VLANs

After putting my NAS in a separate storage VLAN I noticed that my network throughput was slow to and from the NAS. The throughput of a simple file copy from a windows laptop (wired at 1 GbE) to a SMB share on the NAS was only 17,7 MB. The Windows laptop was on a different VLAN then the NAS.

After some troubleshooting I noticed that the throughput within the VLAN was okay  (120 MB/s on a 1 GbE network). The routing between the VLANs is done by Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite. I investigated the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter settings by using SSH and noticed that VLAN forwarding for IPv4 was disabled by using the following command:

ubnt@ubnt:~$ show ubnt offload

IP offload module : loaded
IPv4
forwarding: enabled
vlan : disabled
pppoe : disabled
gre : disabled
IPv6
forwarding: disabled
vlan : disabled
pppoe : disabled

IPSec offload module: loaded

Traffic Analysis :
export : disabled
dpi : disabled
version : 1.354

The following commands enable VLAN forwarding for IPv4 and save the setting:

ubnt@ubnt:~$ configure
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ubnt@ubnt:# set system offload ipv4 vlan enable
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ubnt@ubnt: commit
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ubnt@ubnt:# save
Saving configuration to '/config/config.boot' ...
Done
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This config change can be done without a reboot of the router. After making this change the network throughput was as expected. So make sure to do some tests and check VLAN offloading in the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter (it’s default disabled).