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Supported VMware setup

This section lists the supported versions for VMware vCenter Server and ESXi Hosts.

vCenter Server

ESXi Host

Backup Proxy Compatibility


  • 8.0
  • 7.0
  • 6.7

6.3.1-299480 or later


  • 7.0
  • 6.7
  • 6.5

4.8.15_96907 or later


  • 6.7
  • 6.5

4.7.2-42700 or later


  • 6.5
  • 4.7.2-42700 or later
  • 4.6.9-27415 to 4.7.2-42106
  • Druva strongly recommends you to upgrade the VMware vCenter Server to the latest supported version. 
  • Auto-upgrade will not be supported for proxies with versions less than 4.8.0. You must install the latest RPM manually. For more information, see Installing RPM for auto-upgrade.
  • Druva supports vSphere 8.0 with DataSets. Therefore both vCenter Server and ESXi must be on version 8.0 or later, and the hardware version of the virtual machines must be version 20 or later. For more information on DataSet files, see vSphere DataSets.
  • vSphere 8.0 is not certified for IR Agent.
  • If the load balancer distributes the job to the VMware backup proxy, which is incompatible with DataSets recovery, then the DataSets file will not be backed up.


Guest operating systems

Druva qualifies virtual machines with the following guest operating systems for backup. However, any guest operating system should work if the virtual machine recovery point (VMware tools quiescing turned ON) works fine. 

Operating System



  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019 (Standard, Datacenter)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (Standard, Datacenter)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (Standard, Datacenter)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (Standard, Datacenter)
Note: Druva performs image-level backups of virtual machines. So, unless you plan to enable application-aware processing for a virtual machine, Druva continues to back up the virtual machine with any guest operating system.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.0 , 7.1-7.5
  • CentOS 7.0 , 7.1-7.5
  • Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, 12 SP 3 
  • VMware Photon OS

Supported SQL application versions for Application-aware backups

Windows Server (64-bit) (Standard and Enterprise editions)

SQL Server editions

Windows Server 2019

  • SQL Server 2019

Windows Server 2016 (x86-64)

  • SQL Server 2017
  • SQL Server 2016 SP1 
  • SQL Server 2014

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

  • SQL Server 2017
  • SQL Server 2016 SP1
  • SQL Server 2014
  • SQL Server 2012 Service Pack (SP) 2
  • SQL Server 2008 Service Pack (SP) 4

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 

  • SQL Server 2017
  • SQL Server 2016 SP1
  • SQL Server 2012 SP 2

Note: Express editions are not supported. 

Disks, partitions and, files for File Level Restore (FLR)



Partition Types

  • Primary
  • Extended
  • Logical Disk Manager (LDM): 
    • Windows
      • Basic disk (Partition type: MBR/GPT) 
      • Dynamic disk (Partition type: MBR. Partition can have simple or spanned volume.)
      • Dynamic disk (Partition type: GPT. Partition can have all volume types.)
    • Linux
      • MBR  (Simple/Spanned/Mirror/Striped) 
      • GPT (Simple/Spanned/Mirror/Striped)

File Systems

  • NTFS
  •  FAT
  •  FAT32 
  •  Ext2/3/4
  • XFS
  • Btrfs

File Type

  • Regular Files
  • Sparse Files
  • Hidden Files

OS, File System, and Volume types supported for Dynamic GPT



Operating System

(source backup set)

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2022

File Systems

  • NTFS
  • FAT
  • FAT32
  • *REFS

Volume Type

  • Simple
  • Striped
  • Spanned
  • Mirror
  • RAID-5

Note: For the REFS file system on any type of volume, the staging VM should be either the source backup set OS version or the next higher version for a successful browse and subsequent restore. For example, if the source backup set is Windows 2016, then the supported OS versions of the staging VM are 2016, 2019, and 2022.

vSAN versions

Druva backup proxy supports backup and restore of virtual machines on the following vSAN versions:

  • 8.0
  • 7.0
  • 6.6
  • 6.5


  • Backup proxy for VMware virtual infrastructure integrates with ESX and vSPhere vStorage API (VADP) to perform backup and restore.  

  • If the ESX/vSphere host is not licensed for the vStorage APIs, the backup and restore operations fail.

  • To verify whether the ESX/vSphere host is licensed for vStorage APIs - Click here


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