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NAKIVO Backup & Replication can read data directly from VMware VM disks, bypassing the network, which can significantly increase job performance.
This is achieved with VMware's Hot Add for VMware technology, which enables attaching source VM disks to a different VM and reading data directly from the disk.

In order for the Hot Add to work, the source Transporter (the one reading data from the source VM) should have access to all datastores of the source VM.
Another important requirement is having the source Transporter VM present in the NAKIVO Backup & Replication inventory.

NOTE: If Hot Add cannot be enabled for at least one disk of a source VM (even if this disk is excluded from the job), Hot Add may be unavailable for the entire VM.


If this solution is not available, create a configuration file on the machine on which the source Transporter is installed:

  • Windows - C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\VMware\config.ini
  • Linux - /etc/vmware/config