Nested virtualization and deployment as a virtual machine - x360Recover

Written By Heather Hootman ()

Updated at August 13th, 2021

[For complete instructions on deploying x360Recover as a VM (Virtual machine)]

Nested Virtualization

To operate as a virtual machine, an x360Recover appliance or vault requires support for nested virtualization from the host hypervisor environment, to allow for virtualizing systems for nightly boot checks, AutoVerify, and Recovery.

VMware ESX 5.5 and newer supports nested virtualization only for Intel processors. AMD-based servers are not supported for virtualizing x360Recover devices.

Prior to deploying x360Recover as a virtual machine, we recommend you schedule a call with Axcient x360Recover Support to assist with the deployment.


Axcient x360Recover does not recommend deploying a virtual appliance to the same hypervisor hosts or storage pools as your production servers, as this provides no redundancy between your production systems and backup platform. Be aware that deploying x360Recover as a virtual appliance may have performance limitations when compared to deploying on bare metal.

It is safe to deploy your self-hosted management portal as a virtual device provided sufficient resources are allocated to the device. A management portal should have at least 4GB of RAM, and a 100GB operating system disk. Disks may be thin provisioned.