Virtualize Me for FreeBSD - Getting Started

Once all the required components are available, follow these steps to convert a client computer into a virtual machine.

  1. Create a VMware vCenter Client
  2. Refresh Datacenters
  3. Download the Boot CD Image
  4. Copy the Boot CD Image to an ESX Server
  5. Enable 1-Touch on the Client
  6. Perform a Backup
  7. Create a Virtual Machine

Create a VMware vCenter Client

You must create a virtualization client for the vCenter in which you want to create the virtual machine. Use the Virtual Server iDataAgent to create the virtualization client in the same CommCell where you have the client computer. Follow these steps to create a virtualization client:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click Client Computers node and select New Client | Virtualization | VMware vCenter.

  2. In the vCenter Server Name box, type a vCenter server name.

    Enter the username and password associated with the Virtual Center.

    Click Add to select a proxy for backup.

  3. Select a proxy from the Exclude list.

    The list displays all of the computers that have the Virtual Server iDataAgent installed.

    You can select one or more proxies.

    Click Include or Include All.

    Click OK.

  4. Click OK.

    Once you create the virtualization client, the information about the ESX sever, vCenter and the Data Store is pre-populated in the Virtualize Me dialog box.

Refresh Datacenters

To refresh VMware hosts, use the following steps:

  1. Right-click VMware under the newly created virtual client, and point to All Tasks | Refresh Data centers.
  2. In the Refresh Datacenters dialog box, click OK.

Download the Boot CD Image

DVD7.iso is the Boot CD image for a FreeBSD client. It will be available in the FreeBSD Live CD directory of the SnapProtect Installer package. You can also download the DVD7.iso. Ensure that you have SP4 or higher version of DVD7.iso.

  1. Log on to the Maintenance Advantage web site.

  2. Click the Downloads & Packages tab to download the DVD7.iso.

Copy the Boot CD Image to an ESX Server

You must copy the boot CD image to any one ESX server in the vCenter.

  1. Verify the connectivity between the CommServe and the vCenter in which you want to create the virtual machine.
  2. Copy the ISO file of the boot CD Image to any datastore on the ESX server in which you want to create the virtual machine.

Enable 1-Touch on the Client

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to <Client> | File System iDataAgent | defaultBackupSet.

    Right-click the default subclient,  and then click Properties.

    You must use the default subclient to perform the 1-Touch backup.

  2. Click the 1-Touch Recovery tab.

    Select the 1-Touch Recovery check box.

    Click OK.

Perform a Backup

Follow these steps to perform 1-Touch backup on the client computer:

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to <Client> | File System iDataAgent | defaultBackupSet.

    Right-click the default subclient, and then click Properties.

  2. Click the Content tab.

    Click Browse.

    Select the root directory (/), and click Add.

    Click OK.

     As a minimum, set the below system mount points as subclient content for backup:

    • /boot
    • /usr
    • /etc
    • /lib*
    • /var
    • /opt
    • <swap>
    • <mount point where SnapProtect is installed>

  3. Click the Storage Device tab.

    In the Storage Policy box, select the storage policy.

    Click OK.

  4. Right-click the default subclient, and then click Backup.

  5. Click Full as backup type, and then click Immediate.

    Click OK.

  6. You can track the progress of the backup job from the Job Controller window of the CommCell Console.

Create a Virtual Machine

It is recommended that you create a virtual machine immediately after the first full backup of a client computer to understand the process. You can create the virtual machine in the following scenario:

  • Convert the client computer to a virtual machine

    Follow this procedure if you want to convert a client computer into a virtual machine.

    In this scenario, the original client computer will no longer be authenticated by the CommServe. The newly created virtual machine will become the active client.

  • Create a virtual clone of the client computer

    A virtual clone is the virtual replica of the client computer. You can create a clone of a physical computer or a virtual machine.

    In this scenario, the original client computer will be retained as the active client on the CommServe.

Convert the Client Computer to a Virtual Machine

If you are converting the client computer into a virtual machine, you must disable the network connection for the client computer before you start the virtualization process. After the VirtualizeMe Job completes, when powered on, the client computer will no longer be authenticated by the CommServe. The newly created virtual machine will become the active client.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers.

    Right-click the <Client> and select All Tasks | Virtualize Me.

  2. Click Next.

    By default, the latest data and configuration of the client computer, backed up by the default backup set, will be used to create the virtual machine.

    1. Select a vCenter from the vCenter list.
    2. Click the ... button and browse to select an ESX Server and a Data Store.
    3. The selected data store will be the default data store for the virtual machine and all the disks will be created in it.
    4. Click the ... button for the ISO Path box and browse to the location of the Boot CD image on the ESX Server.
    5. Enter the name of the virtual machine in the VM Name box. By default, the name of the client computer will be used as the name of the virtual machine.
    6. If a virtual machine with the same name already exists, select the Overwrite VM check box. The existing virtual machine will be deleted during the virtualization operation.
    7. Click Next.

  3. By default, the user account which you have used to login to CommCell console will be used to perform the virtualization job.
    • If you are using Active Directory User account to login to the CommCell console, enter the password for the user account.
    • If you have logged in as CommCell console administrator, the password is not required to perform the virtualization job.
    • Click Next.

  4. Click Configuration tab and review the following configuration:
    • Number of CPUs
    • Memory in (MB)
    • Network Configuration

    The virtual machine will be created with this configuration.

  5. Click Disk Configuration tab and review the available disk configuration. The virtual machine will be created with the available disk configuration.

    Click Next.

  6. Click Finish to start the virtualization job.

  7. You can track the progress of the Virtualization job from the Job Controller window of the CommCell Console. The virtualization operation includes the following three phases:
    • Provision VM
    • Configuration Restore
    • Full System Restore

  8. Once the job is complete, view the job details from the Admin Job History. From the CommCell Browser, right-click <CommServe> and select View | Admin Job History.

  9. Select Virtualize Me under Job Type.

    Click OK.

  10. You can view the following options about the job by right-clicking the job:
    • Details of the job
    • Events of the job
    • Log files of the job
    • Resubmit the job to run it again

Create a Virtual Clone of the Client Computer

Cloning is the process of creating a virtual replica of a client computer from its backup. You can clone a physical or virtual machine. This is useful in these cases:

  • You want to create a virtual replica of a client computer and still retain the original client computer as the active client on the CommServe.
  • You have configured a client computer with all the required software, and you want to create multiple replicas with the exact same configuration.
  • You want to migrate from a physical environment to a virtual environment.

Follow these steps to create the virtual replica of the client computer and still retain the original client computer:

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers.

    Right-click the <Client> and select All Tasks | Virtualize Me.

  2. Click Next.

    By default, the latest data and configuration of the client computer, backed up by the default backup set, will be used to create the virtual machine.

    1. Select a vCenter from the vCenter list.
    2. Click the ... button and browse to select an ESX Server and a Data Store.
    3. The selected data store will be the default data store for the virtual machine and all the disks will be created in it.
    4. Click the ... button for the ISO Path box and browse to the location of the Boot CD image on the ESX Server.
    5. Enter the name of the virtual machine in the VM Name box. By default, the name of the client computer will be used as the name of the virtual machine.
    6. If a virtual machine with the same name already exists, select the Overwrite VM check box. The existing virtual machine will be deleted during the virtualization operation.
    7. Click Next.

  3. By default, the user account which you have used to login to CommCell console will be used to perform the virtualization job.
    • If you are using Active Directory User account to login to the CommCell console, enter the password for the user account.
    • If you have logged in as CommCell console administrator, the password is not required to perform the virtualization job.
    • Click Next.

  4. Click Configuration tab and review the following configuration:
    • Number of CPUs
    • Memory in (MB)
    • Network Configuration

    The virtual machine will be created with this configuration.

  5. Click Disk Configuration tab and review the available disk configuration. The virtual machine will be created with the available disk configuration.

  6. Click the Advanced tab.

    Select the Clone Machine check box.

    Type the virtual machine name in the New Client Name box.
    • The new client name must be unique on the CommServe. You can type the same name which you entered in the VM Name box in step 3 or you can specify any other client name.
    • The Client Name is the name of the client which will be created for the virtual machine in the CommServe.
    Type the host name in the New Hostname box.
    • This is the fully qualified host name or IP of the new virtual machine that will be created. It should be resolvable from the CommServe and the MediaAgent.
    • If a static IP was used to configure the NIC in the Configuration tab, this host name should resolve to the provided IP. If DHCP option is selected on the NIC in the Configuration tab and the IP that will be obtained is unknown then the client host name field should be left blank. In such cases, a reverse lookup for a host name will be done during the VirtualizeME process and the host name obtained will be used. If the reverse lookup fails, then the DHCP-assigned IP will be used as the host name for the new machine.

    Click Next.

    After the VirtualizeMe job completes, the client computer will be retained as the active client on the CommServe

  7. Click Finish to start the virtualization job.

  8. You can track the progress of the Virtualization job from the Job Controller window of the CommCell Console. The virtualization operation includes the following three phases:
    • Provision VM
    • Configuration Restore
    • Full System Restore

  9. Once the job is complete, view the job details from the Admin Job History. From the CommCell Browser, right-click <CommServe> and select View | Admin Job History.

  10. Select Virtualize Me under Job Type.

    Click OK.

  11. You can view the following options about the job by right-clicking the job:
    • Details of the job
    • Events of the job
    • Log files of the job
    • Resubmit the job to run it again

Congratulations - Your Client Machine has been successfully Converted into a Virtual Machine.

If you want to further explore additional features read the Advanced section of this documentation.