By Alison / Last Updated April 1, 2022

How can you backup VM to Synology NAS

NAS is short for Network Attached Storage, refers to a network-connected external storage device for file storage and sharing. NAS drives offer faster data access, easier sharing and administration than file servers, making them very convenient for enterprises.

NAS is just a destination location. There are many ways to back up virtual machines to a NAS. You can either directly select the target NAS when exporting or downloading VM files, use the backup feature that shipped with third-party tools, or just use the backup tools provided by NAS manufacturers, for example, Synology's Active Backup for Business.

Backup VM to Synology NAS

As a demonstration, in this article I will introduce how to use Active Backup for Business and a professional tool to back up VMware and Hyper-V VMs to a Synology NAS.

How to backup VMware VM to Synology NAS

1. Download and launch Synology Active Backup for Business.

2. Navigate to Virtual Machine tab in the left inventory, and click VMware vSphere > Manage Hypervisor > Add to connect to your host.

Add vSphere host

3. Select the VM you want to back up from the list and click Create Task button to open the wizard.

Create vSphere backup task

4. Select a shard folder as the Backup Destination. Click Next to continue.

Backup Destination

5. Specify a Name and select VMs for this backup task. Click Next.

Specify Name and VMs

6. Configure settings for your task. You can specify maximum quality of concurrent backup device, enable VMware Changed Block Tracking, application-aware backup, data transfer compression, source data usage detection, backup verification here. Then click Next.

vSphere backup task settings

7. Select a Retention Policy you prefer. You can select to keep all versions for specified days, or keep the last one version for specified days, weeks, months, and years. Click Next.

Select retention policy

8. Specify which user or group can browse and restore versions. Click Next.

Configure backup privilege

9. Check the Summary of your task settings, and click Apply to start backup. You can check the progress in Task List tab.

vSphere backup task summary

How to backup Hyper-V VM to Synology NAS

1. Launch Synology Active Backup for Business. Navigate to Virtual Machine tab, and click Microsoft Hyper-V > Manage Hypervisor > Add to connect to your host.

Manage Hypervisor Hyper-V

2. Select the VM you want to back up and click Create Task to open the wizard.

3. Select a shard folder as the Backup Destination. Click Next.

4. Specify a Name and select VMs for this backup task. Click Next.

Specify Hyper-V VM backup task name

5. Configure settings for your task. You can specify maximum quality of concurrent backup device, enable Changed Block Tracking, application-aware backup, data transfer compression, data transfer encryption, source datastore usage detection, backup verification here. Then click Next.

Configure Hyper-V backup settings

6. Choose whether you would like to back up manually or configure a backup routine. Selecting Schedule backup option, you can specify the frequency of backup tasks, and allowing them to be run only during specific time periods, to avoid the server peaks.

Schedule Hyper-V backup window

7. Select a Retention Policy you prefer. You can select to keep all versions for specified days, or keep the last one version for specified days, weeks, months, and years. Click Next.

8. Specify which user or group can browse and restore versions. Click Next.

Apply Hyper-V backup task

9. Check the Summary of your task settings, and click Apply to start backup. You can check the progress in Task List tab.

How to backup VM to NAS using AOMEI Cyber Backup

Unsuitable backups may result in low security, large occupation on storage, expensive costs. Traditional backup solutions via Active Backup for Business also have limits. For example, Active Backup for Business versions 2.2.0 and above support the concurrent backup of a maximum of 50 devices, and it works only on certain models starting with DS420+.

For AOMEI Cyber Backup, it can implement multiple backups at the same time without limit on the number. It supports Hyper-V and VMware ESXi flexibly. So in this part, I will use the professional software to achieve efficient backups.

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Why choose AOMEI Cyber Backup

A professional software is necessary for enterprise data protection and business continuity.

Multiple backups: It allows you to back up multiple virtual machines at the same time.

Full compatibility: compatible with the mainstream types of virtual, physical machines, and support for VMware, Hyper-V, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) .

Intelligent automatic backup: able to back up multiple virtual machine as the same time, and run the backup tasks automatically.

De-duplication and incremental backups: High-intensity de-duplication and compression of data during backup. Incremental backups reduce storage space usage.

High-intensity encryption: combines advanced encryption of the entire data at the byte level during backup to make data more secure.

Fast data backup & recovery: improves data backup and restoration efficiency and reduces business downtime.

How to back up VM to NAS step by step

1. Access to AOMEI Cyber Backup, and add the devices.

2. Click Backup Task >> Create New Task.

3. Enter task name, choose device (VMware ESXi / Hyper-V) and virtual machines for backup.

vmware/hyper-v backup

4. Schedule backup with flexible backup strategies and set up a time to run it automatically.

schedule bakcup

5. Select the target: click Create a new network path.

In this part, it supports NAS, so you can type a network path to log in it, and look through the directory to select a location. Click OK.

select backup target

6. Schedule the backup and set up Backup Cleanup plan. Click OK.

backup cleanup

7. Click Start Backup.                                             

With AOMEI Cyber Backup, it facilitates the VM backup to NAS and protects VM security comprehensively.

Summary

This article introduces the detailed steps to back up virtual machines to NAS. Compared to using the built-in export or download features to back up VMs to NAS, using a professional third-party tool allows you to back up multiple virtual machines automatically to network place for saving storage.

In addition to backing up virtual machines to NAS, you can also choose to back up your virtual machines to NFS, which is also very easy to do.