Configuration - Virtual Server Agent for VMware


Once the Virtual Server Agent is installed, create a vCenter client and a subclient to back up virtual machines in a vCenter.

Ensure that vCenter permissions are configured as described in Permissions for Custom User Accounts.

The default subclient is preconfigured to back up all virtual machines in the vCenter represented by the virtualization client. This topic includes steps to configure a new subclient that backs up a single virtual machine.

Ensure that names of virtual machines and datastores do not contain the following special characters:

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

  2. Enter the vCenter Host Name.

    Enter the username and password associated with the Virtual Center.

    Click Add to select a proxy for backup.

  3. Add VSA proxies:
    1. Select a proxy from the Exclude list.

      The list displays all the clients that have the Virtual Server Agent installed and all the client groups. You can select one or more clients or client groups. When you select a client group, ensure that at least one client in the group has the Virtual Server Agent installed.

    2. Click Include or Include All.
    3. Click OK.

  4. Click OK.

  5. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <vCenter Client> | Virtual Server | VMware.

    Right-click the defaultBackupSet and click New Subclient.

  6. Enter the Subclient name.

    By default the Transport Mode for VMware is set as Auto. Depending upon proxy computer used for backup and virtual machines included in the backup, the transport mode is automatically selected. If you want to use a specific transport mode, select one of the following:

    • SAN
    • Hot Add
    • NBD
    • NBD SSL

  7. Click the Content tab.

    Click Browse.

    Navigate to the virtual machine which you want to backup and select the virtual machine.

    Click OK.

    The selected virtual machine appears in the Contents of a subclient list.

    Note: If you have deployed MediaAgents, VSA proxies, or vCenter on virtual machines, filter those virtual machines from VSA backups. (If you need to protect files on those virtual machines, install in-guest agents on those virtual machine to perform file backups.)

  8. Click the Storage Device tab.

    Select a Storage Policy.

    Click OK.

    If you have not yet created a storage policy, continue with Step 10.

  9. In the Backup Schedule dialog box, click Do Not Schedule, and then click OK.
  10. To create a storage policy, you must have configured a library in the CommCell.

    Disk Library Creation

    1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Storage Resources, right-click the Libraries, point to Add and then click Disk Library...

      Alternatively, you can also navigate to MediaAgents, right-click <MediaAgent>, point to All Tasks | Create Library and then click Disk Library...

    2. From the Add Disk Library dialog box, specify the following:
      • In the Name box, specify name of the disk library.
      • From the MediaAgent list, select the MediaAgent.

      Perform one of the following:

      • Select Local Path if you wish to specify a local path in the MediaAgent computer.

        In the Disk Device box, type the name of the folder in which the disk library must located or click button to select the folder.

      • Select Network Path, if you wish to specify a network path as the target share.

        In the Connect As box, type the user name.

        In the Password and Verify Password box, type the password to access the network share.

        In the Folder box, type the mount path or click button to select a mount path.

      • Click OK.
    3. The newly created disk library will be displayed under Libraries node.

    Storage Policy Creation

    This will create a storage policy.  Click the button available at the bottom of the page to continue.

    1. Click Create Storage Policy.
    2. Follow the prompts displayed in the Storage Policy Wizard. The required options are mentioned below:
      1. Select the Storage Policy type as Data Protection and Archiving and click Next.
      2. Enter the name in the Storage Policy Name box and click Next.
      3. From the Library list, click the name of a disk library to which the primary copy should be associated and then click Next.

        Ensure that you select a library attached to a MediaAgent operating in the current release.

      4. From the MediaAgent list, click the name of a MediaAgent that will be used to create the primary copy and then click Next.
      5. For the device streams and the retention criteria information, click Next to accept default values.
      6. Select Yes to enable deduplication for the primary copy.
      7. From the MediaAgent list, click the name of the MediaAgent that will be used to host the Deduplication database (DDB).

        In the Location box, type the name of the folder in which the DDB must be located or click the Browse to select the folder, and then click Next.

      8. Review the details and click Finish to create the Storage Policy.