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Getting Started with the Virtual Server Agent for Amazon

Step 1: Before You Begin

Step 2: Install the Virtual Server Agent

Review each of the following topics to get started with the installation:

Note: The CommServe host, MediaAgent, and VSA proxy must all be able to communicate with each other using one of the following connections:

  • AWS Direct Connect - On premises components and the AWS instance are within the same network. No firewall configuration is required.
  • AWS VPN - Only available if the AWS instance is accessible through VPC. On premises components and the AWS instance are within the same network. No firewall configuration is required.
  • If you are not using AWS Direct Connect or AWS VPN for communication between on premises components and the AWS proxy instance, you can configure a SnapProtect  firewall connection between the on premises components and the AWS proxy instance.

Step 3: Prepare for Your First Backup and Restore

  1. Open the CommCell Console.
  2. Configure a storage device.

    Amazon provides Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes for instances in the same zone. Older EC2 accounts provided instance store volumes, which are not supported for SnapProtect backups.

    You can define SnapProtect storage libraries as on-premises media or cloud storage libraries.

    For information about cloud storage libraries, see Cloud Storage - Getting Started.

  3. Optional: Configure a Storage Policy. See Storage Policy - Getting Started.
  4. Create a virtualization client for the AWS user account.
  5. Modify the default subclient or create a user-defined subclient.
  6. Optional: Decide whether to add the following functionality:

Note: Storage blocks on EBS volumes that are restored from snapshots must be initialized before the block is accessed. This action can increase the time required to read and write data for the volumes, and significantly increase the time required for backups and restores. Amazon is working to resolve this issue. For more information, see Initializing Amazon EBS Volumes.

Step 4: Run Your First Backup and Restore

Step 5: Where to Go from Here