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How to change the transport mode for VMware backups and restores to NBD



The default VMware backup and restore transport mode is HOTADD. This article describes how to change the transport mode to NBD when there are environmental changes.


  1. Log in to the VMware backup proxy that initiates the restores.
  2. Stop the Phoenix services.
    /etc/init.d/Phoenix stop
  3. Navigate to the /etc/Phoenix/VMWARE directory and edit the Phoenix.cfg file using the vi editor.
  4. Add the following lines to the configuration file:

For Backup
     _VM_BACKUP_TRANSPORT_MODE = 'nbdssl:nbd'
   For Restore
     _VM_RESTORE_TRANSPORT_MODE = 'nbdssl:nbd'

  1. Save the configuration (.cfg) file.

  2. Start the Phoenix services. 
    /etc/init.d/Phoenix start

  3. Run the VMware backup or restore.

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