Limitations of Encrypted VMware VM Support

Product version: 7.5

Last modified: 11 June 2024

Backup, replication, and recovery of encrypted VMware VMs are performed similarly to those of non-encrypted VMware VMs, but there are some limitations for encrypted VMs:

  1. SAN data transfer mode is not supported.

  2. Encrypted VMs are recovered/replicated into non-encrypted ones.

  3. Due to VMware limitations, the application-aware mode is not available for encrypted VMs, only crash-consistent VM backups and replicas can be created. 

  4. To use Hot Add for VMware, the VM which hosts NAKIVO Backup & Replication Transporter must be encrypted as well.

  5. The recovered VM will not boot if the source VM was encrypted and had modified NVRAM settings (refer to