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Exporting a Protected System Disk for Recovery using the NFS Exports Tool

In addition to launching a Virtual Machine from the Appliance, you can also export a Protected System disk for recovery. Using the NFS Exports tool, you can allow remote systems to connect to the Appliance or Vault and mount the Export folder using the Network File System (NFS) protocol. This is a two-step process:

  • First, in the Protected System Details page, select the Export option to create a virtual disk image of the Protected System.

  • Next, use the NFS Exports feature (described below) to share the exported virtual disk image(s) on the network.

Enabling NFS Exports

Using the NFS Exports tool, you can easily connect your VMware, Hyper-V or other hypervisor server to the Appliance or Vault in order to transfer exported Protected System disks for recovery. This tool is particularly useful if a Virtual Machine has been corrupted or lost. You can enable the NFS Exports feature from the Appliance or Vault Web interface.

To enable NFS Exports:

  1. Open any Web browser and navigate to your Appliance or Vault Web interface. If you are logging in to the Vault, log in with the specific Customer username and password.

  2. In the left-hand navigation menu, click the NFS Exports tab.

  3. In the NFS Exports page, click the Enable NFS Exports checkbox.

  4. With NFS Exports enabled, click the Add Allowed IP button.

  5. In the Add Allowed IP Address pop-up window, enter the IP address of the host.

  6. On the local machine, map to the NFS folder using the IP address of the Appliance and the shared folder path. For example, on an Appliance, the full path is IP address /export/admin. On a Vault, the shared folder path is /export/<Username> where <Username> is the login name of the Customer whose data you are recovering. After the drive is mapped, all exports for this protected system will be accessible under this NFS share.

  7. For example, return to the Appliance Web interface.

  8. In the left-hand navigation menu, click the Protected Systems tab.

  9. In the Protected Systems page, find a Protected System and click the Protected System name.

  10. In the Protected System Details page, click the Export button.

  11. In the Export Settings pop-up window, configure your preferred export settings and then click the Save button.

    The export is now visible under the NFS share.

  12. To remove a host from the access list, click the NFS Exports tab in the Appliance or Vault Web interface and then click the Delete button.


VMware hosts can mount the Replibit BDR over NFS as an NFS-based Storage Pool. Virtual Machines can be created and run directly from the NFS folder share on the BDR by the ESXi host.


Hyper-V cannot directly store virtual machine disks on an NFS storage share; they must be held on local storage or a Windows networking share. You cannot run a Virtual Machine directly from the BDR using Hyper-V.