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Preinstallation Checklist for the Virtual Server Agent on Linux

The Virtual Server Agent (VSA) protects all of your virtual machines and unifies the data protection of physical and virtual environments. For more information, see one of the following:

Use the preinstallation checklist to prepare the computer where the Virtual Server Agent will be installed and to gather all the information you will need during the installation.

  • Determine the Installation Location

    Based on your environment, install the Virtual Server Agent on an appropriate computer. Each computer where the Virtual Server Agent is installed serves as a VSA proxy to manage backup and restore operations.

    Environment Where to install the software
    Non-Clustered
    • For Nutanix AHV, install on one or more virtual machines running in the Nutanix cluster.
    • For OpenStack, install on one or more instances running in the OpenStack data center.
    • For Red Hat Virtualization, install on one or more virtual machines in the same data center as the virtual machines to be backed up.
    Clustered
    • For Nutanix AHV, install on one or more virtual machines running in the Nutanix cluster.
    • For OpenStack, install on one or more instances running in the OpenStack data center.
    • For Red Hat Virtualization, install on one or more virtual machines in the same data center as the virtual machines to be backed up.
  • User Accounts

    When configuring a virtualization client, you must provide user credentials as noted in the following list:

    • For Nutanix AHV, collect credentials for a user that has Prism administrator privileges for the Nutanix cluster.
    • For OpenStack, collect credentials for a user account with administrative privileges for the keystone node.
    • For Red Hat Virtualization, collect credentials for a user account with administrative privileges on the RHEV Manager.
  • Deployment Planning

    Before installing the Virtual Server Agent, review deployment options for your virtualization platform to understand how to optimize operations for your environment. 

    Gather Installation Data

    Refer to the items in this section to gather the information that you will need during the installation. Record the information before you begin installing the software, so that you can refer to it during the installation.

    You can install the Virtual Server Agent by using either the CommCell Console or the installation package created by the Download Manager. Any item that applies to only one of these installation methods is noted.

    SnapProtect package to install
    • For installations using the CommCell Console, install the Virtual Server package, which is listed under the Virtualization category.
    • For installations using the installation package, install the VirtualServer package.

    If the File System Agent is not installed on the computer, the File System Core and File System packages are automatically installed with the package you selected. The File System Agent will not consume any license.

    To gather the required information for the File System Agent, refer to the Gather Installation Data section in the Preinstallation Checklist for the UNIX, Linux, and Macintosh File System Agent.

    Client computer installations
    If the File System Agent, or another package, is already installed on the computer, you are not required to gather all the computer details again. The level of detail depends on how the package you selected is installed:
    • For installations using the CommCell Console, the installation program requests only the name of the client computer.
    • For installations using the installation package, the installation program reads the details from the previous installation.