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Backup Repository is one of the components of NAKIVO Backup & Replication managed by a Transporter. It is the folder named "NakivoBackup" where all backup and meta data is stored. By default, a Backup Repository called "Onboard Repository" is created in the location specified during the product installation.


Avoid assigning more than 5 backup repositories to one particular Transporter.

Backup Repository Types

NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers two types of Backup Repositories:

  • Forever-incremental

  • Incremental-with-full-backups

To store large amount of backups, it’s recommended that you create multiple smaller Backup Repositories instead of a single Backup Repository. This will make backups more manageable and more portable. You can also opt for a single incremental-with-full-backups Backup Repository that will allow you to store more backups. The number of Backup Repositories per installation is unlimited.

Key Features

The following features allow you to save space taken by backups and provide protection to your backed up data:

  • Compression. This reduces the size of data blocks. When creating a Backup Repository, you can choose to enable a level of compression (fast, medium, best) or disable it if the target storage has its own compression.

  • Deduplication. This ensures that only unique blocks are saved in the Backup Repository.

  • Encryption. This can be enabled for a local backup repository created on a Linux machine where the Assigned Transporter is installed. If encryption is enabled, it will cause higher CPU utilization and may slow down network performance.


Deduplication and encryption are available only for forever-incremental Backup Repositories.

Attached or Detached

A Backup Repository can either be attached or detached. An attached Backup Repository is utilized to run backup or recovery jobs. A detached Backup Repository cannot be used to read or write any data. To ensure data consistency, it is recommended that you detach a Backup Repository before copying or moving it to another location.

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