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Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

In this two-part article, how to configure your NAKIVO Infrastructure to Backup & Restore Office 365 will go through this new feature that NAKIVO added in version 9.2.
We already talked about HERE, I will explain how to connect to your Office 365 account and backup and restore your emails account and emails or contacts.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO is the second part of this two-part article. The first part was How to configure your NAKIVO Infrastructure to Backup & Restore Office 365.

Since to start using NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.3 to backup and restore Office 365, we first need to configure NAKIVO infrastructure. For the best performance, we should set the NAKIVO infrastructure properly, and for that, we need to make some changes.

To provide data protection for your Microsoft Office 365, the following requirements must be met:

Exchange Online must be purchased as a part of the Microsoft Office 365 plan or a standalone service.
Microsoft Office 365 account must be accessible over the network.
Provided Microsoft Office 365 (Exchange Online) credentials must have sufficient permissions to be used by the product.

Before use NAKIVO Replication & Replication with Office 365, we need to configure NAKIVO with some settings.

Mandatory components:

  • NAKIVO Transporter for Office 365
  • Backup Repository for Office 365
  • Connect to your Office 365 account

The above components were already discussed in the first part of this article. Check first part to learn how to configure all the above components in your NAKIVO Backup & Replication.

Check Backup Components.

  • NAKIVO Transporter for Office 365

Login to your NAKIVO Backup & Replication GUI and go to Configuration TabTransporters and check if you have a transporter configured to backup Office 365.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

In my case for these tests, I have one “New Office 365 Repository” created in the previous article.

  • Backup Repository for Office 365

Go to Configuration TabRepositories and check if you have a repository configured to store Office 365 backups.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

In my case, I have one configured for this test, “Office 365 Repository 01,” also created in the previous article.

  • Connect to your Office 365 account

Go to Configuration TabInventory and check if you have your Office 365 account configured and connected.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

In my NAKIVO inventory, I have my Office 365 account connection create.

After checking the components are all ok and working, we are ready to start the Office 365 Backups.

Backup Office 365.

Backup Office 365 accounts vs emails are very straightforward after we have set all components.

We need to create a standard backup job in NAKIVO Backup & Replication, but in this case, it is for Office 365.

Go to Jobs tab and click Create and select Microsoft Office 365 backup Job.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

In the sources section, you should see your Office 365 connection that you have created in the inventory.

After NAKIVO connect your Office 365 account will display all email mailboxes that exist in that Office 365 account. You can backup all or just select the ones you want to backup. For this example, we will backup all mailboxes.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

Next, select your destination for the backup. That is the one we show above.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

The next option is the standard backup options that we already know in the NAKIVO Backup & Replication tool. For more details about these options (Schedule and Retention), please check my previous blog posts about NAKIVO.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

Next, provide a job name and, if needed, enable email reports by enabling “Send job reports to”, then click Finish or Finish & Run to save and run now the Backup Job.

Next, select Run Job tab and run the job.

Office 365 Backup will then start backup your email mailboxes and their objects.

As we can check above, create the Office 365 backup job and backup Office 365 account is very straightforward.

In the next image, we select the Backup Job, and we can see all Backups Reports that exists for this Office 365 Backup job.

Restore Office 365.

Restoring a full email mailbox, or just an object if also very straightforward.

For this example, I will restore a full email box and also restore some objects(emails).

Note: If a user is deleted from the admin Office 365 account (consequentially the email account), it is not possible to recover with NAKIVO Backup & Replication. You need to recover it first in the Office 365 admin.

Sill inside of Jobs section, select Recover, and you will see the Backup Jobs. In my case, I have only the Office 365 backup, but in the same section, you will see for VMware, Hyper-V, etc., all kinds of backups that you already have done with NAKIVO Backup & Replication tool.

Select your Office 365 Backup to restore. In my case, it is the “Microsoft Office 365” job.

Next, you can search the backups by Backup Repositories, or by Backup Jobs. In each, if you select the backup job, you will find all the restore points that exist for that job.

Recover deleted emails.

I deleted 5 emails from my Office 365 email account Luciano Patrao.

Now I will restore all the emails into the mailbox. Following the above options, I will select the latest restore point.

Next, select the Office 365 account that you want to connect and restore.

Next, NAKIVO will display all the email account information (connecting and display all information can take some minutes, no more than 1/2m). Then select the object that you want to restore.

For this case, we will restore the latest 5 emails that we deleted from the account.

In this section, you can select where do you want to restore the objects. You can restore to the same email account or a different one. Also, even the objects (emails) exists in the destination, you can select the option to rename and still restore.

Select your options, or leave the default, and click Recover.

The restore process will start. If you click the Activities tab, you can see the process running.

After the restore process is finished, we return to the outlook account and check the emails.

As we can see in the next image, all emails are restored to their original location.

The process of restoring objects in the NAKIVO Backup Office 365 is very easy.

Recover deleted account.

NAKIVO Backup Office 365 cannot recover a user that was deleted from the Office 365 portal.

If you accidentally, or not, delete a user and need to recover, you need to recover the user and email account in the same Office 365 admin portal admin.microsoft.com.

I deleted a user account “Nakivo Restore”.

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Then I recover the user again in the restore portal option.

In Office 365 admin portal select the option Deleted Users, select the user you want to restore, and click “Restore user”.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

Then the user is restored, and now it is possible to restore all email objects with NAKIVO Backup Office 365.

But before you be able to restore and NAKIVO recognize the restore account, you need to refresh the NAKIVO Office 365 connection in the inventory. So the new updates are fetched.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

Now to restore the full object, follow the same process that we showed above for the emails, but select the full account.

Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO

After, the email is up to date with the latest backups.

With this latest process on how to restore the full email account, we finish this second part of Backup & Restore Office 365 with NAKIVO.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.4 Beta

Meanwhile, NAKIVO launched a new beta version v9.4 with backup to Amazon S3.

The new version has some extra features like:

  • Backup to Amazon S3
    • Add an Amazon S3 account to the inventory.
    • Create an Amazon S3 backup repository.
    • Run a VM backup job to the Amazon S3 repository.
    • Perform full VM recovery from the newly created backup.
    • Log into the recovered machine and check the Guest OS for any errors.
  • Backup of Fault-Tolerant VMware VMs
  • Instant Physical to Virtual Recovery
    • Add a Windows or Linux Server to the inventory.
    • Back up a physical Windows or Linux server.
    • Set up and run a Flash Boot job for the newly created physical machine backup to a VMware VM.
    • Verify that the recovered VM has appeared on the target host and is bootable.
    • Log into the created VM and check the Guest OS for any errors.
  • Instant Object Recovery to Source for Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory
    • Create and run a backup job for a VM with the supported versions of Microsoft Exchange or Active Directory Server.
    • Start Object Recovery for Microsoft Exchange/Active Directory and specify the application objects you want to recover.
    • Restore the selected application objects to the original server.
    • Check that recovery was successfully completed and the application objects were restored to the source.
  • Role-based Access

You can download the new NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.4 Beta HERE.

All information and features about the new beta version HERE.


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I have over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. I have been working with Virtualization for more than 15 years (mainly VMware). I recently obtained certifications, including VCP DCV 2022, VCAP DCV Design 2023, and VCP Cloud 2023. Additionally, I have VCP6.5-DCV, VMware vSAN Specialist, vExpert vSAN, vExpert NSX, vExpert Cloud Provider for the last two years, and vExpert for the last 7 years and a old MCP. My specialties are Virtualization, Storage, and Virtual Backup. I am a Solutions Architect in the area VMware, Cloud and Backup / Storage. I am employed by ITQ, a VMware partner as a Senior Consultant. I am also a blogger and owner of the blog ProVirtualzone.com and recently book author.

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