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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 will be recovered 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