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Reconfigure backup proxy settings for vCenter server

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Overview

As an administrator, you can reconfigure backup proxy settings for ESXi managed by vCenter server, in case you want to update any of the following settings due to modifications or updates to it in your virtual environment,

  • Network configuration
  • Change in the hostname
  • Change in the vCenter Server or ESXi FQDN (or IP address) and credentials
  • Network proxy settings
  • Change the time zone for backup proxy

Reconfiguring backup proxy settings timely ensures virtual machine backups do not fail due to configuration issues.

You can reconfigure backup proxy settings on vCenter server using the following ways,

Note: If you choose to reconfigure the backup proxy setting through vSphere, you must power off the virtual machine before reconfiguring. 

Reconfigure backup proxy settings through vSphere Desktop Client

  1. Log on to vCenter Server using vSphere Client. 
  2. From the left pane, select the backup proxy virtual machine.
  3. Right-click the virtual machine and select Power > Power Off.
  4. On the Confirm Power Off screen, select Yes.
  5. Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
    The Virtual Machine Properties page is displayed.
  6. On the Options tab, click Properties.
  7. The virtual machine property configuration is displayed in the right pane. Modify the details as per your requirement
    Field Description

    Network Settings

    Select the Static IP box and update the following details:

    • IP Address
    • Netmask
    • Gateway
    • Primary DNS
    • Secondary DNS
    • Domain
    Hostname Provide the new hostname, if you plan to update it.
    vCenter/ESXi details Type the new vCenter details on which your backup proxy resides.

    Web proxy settings

    To update or set up the web proxy, select the Use Web Proxy checkbox and provide the following details:

    • Proxy Type: Druva supports the following proxy types:
      • http
      • socks4
      • socks5
    • Proxy Server IP: Valid IP of proxy server.
    • Proxy Port:  Respective proxy port number.
    • Username: Valid proxy username.
    • Password: Valid proxy password.

    Note: Druva only supports basic authentication with Web proxy.

    Activation

    GovCloud: Select the check box if you are deploying the backup proxy on GovCloud.

    Time zone: From the drop-down list, select the required time zone.

  8. Click OK.

  9. Power ON the virtual machine.

Reconfigure backup proxy setting through vSphere Web Client

  1. Log on to vSphere Web Client. 
  2. From vCenter Inventory Lists,  select the backup proxy virtual machine.
  3. Right-click the virtual machine and select Power > Power Off.
  4. On the Confirm Power Off screen, select Yes.
  5. Right-click the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  6. On the vApp Options tab, expand the inventory list.
  7. Update the following configuration, as per your requirement 
    Field Description

    Network Settings

    Select the static IP box and update the following details:

    • IP Address
    • Netmask
    • Gateway
    • Primary DNS
    • Secondary DNS
    • Domain
    Hostname Provide the new hostname, if you plan to update it.
    vCenter/ESXi details Type the new vCenter details on which your backup proxy resides.

    Web proxy settings

    To update or set up the web proxy, select the Use Web Proxy checkbox and provide the following details:

    • Proxy Type: Druva supports the following proxy types:
      • http
      • socks4
      • socks5
    • Proxy Server IP: Valid IP of proxy server.
    • Proxy Port:  Respective proxy port number.
    • Username: Valid proxy username.
    • Password: Valid proxy password.

    Note: Druva only supports basic authentication with Web proxy.

    Activation

    Govcloud: Select the check box if you are deploying the backup proxy on GovCloud.

    Timezone: From the drop-down list, select the required time zone.

  8. Click OK.
  9. Power ON the virtual machine.

Reconfigure backup proxy settings through CLI

  1. From the vSphere Client console, start the backup proxy virtual machine.
  2. Log on to the virtual machine with the root username and password. 
    Note: The default username is root, and the default password is druvaphoenix. If you are configuring the backup proxy for the first time, reset the password and use it for all subsequent logins. 
  3. On the Welcome screen, select GovCloud or Phoenix Public Cloud.
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  4. On the type of VMware setup page, select VMware on-premise.
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  5. On the Backup Proxy settings page, enter the required page number and provide the following details:
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    Field  Description

    1. Network Configuration

    Phoenix backup proxy provides two network interface cards for configuration. When you select a card for configuration, backup proxy provides an option to enable the card. After you enable the card, you can configure the network settings. 

    Configure the network settings (Static/DHCP).

    • If you select the Static IP,  provide the following details:
      • IP Address
      • Netmask
      • Gateway
      • Primary DNS Secondary DNS Domain
      • Secondary DNS
      • Domain
    • If you select DHCP, the DHCP IP is set.

    Note:  Before selecting DHCP setting, verify that no dhclient is running on the backup proxy.

    2. Change hostname After the network configuration completes, you can choose to change the CentOS hostname. 
    • To change the hostname, provide the new hostname when prompted.
    • To leave the hostname unchanged, only press Enter.
    • Ensure that you do not enter a special character in the hostname or space.
    3. Provide vCenter/ESXi FQDN (or IP address) and credentials When prompted, provide the FQDN or IP address of ESXi server.

    4. Network Proxy Settings

    If you are using a web proxy in your environment:

    • Type yes, when prompted "Do you want to use Network Proxy Setting".  Provide the following details:
      Field Details

      Proxy Type

      Druva supports the following proxy types:

      • http
      • socks4
      • socks5
      Proxy Server IP Valid IP of proxy server.
      Proxy Port Corresponding proxy port number.
      Username Valid proxy user name.
      Password Valid proxy password.
    • Type No to continue. 

    Note:

    • Druva only supports basic authentication with Web proxy.
    • If you want to configure web proxy setting at a later stage, follow the steps listed under Configure Web proxy.

    5. Provide activation token

    At the prompt, type the activation token that Phoenix generated while registering the VMware setup. Wait till the virtual machine synchronizes with the NTP server. By default, the Phoenix backup proxy synchronizes with the CentOS NTP servers. To configure custom NTP server, see Configuring custom NTP server.

    Note: If you choose to activate backup proxy at a later time, press Enter key thrice to exit the configuration. To activate the backup proxy later, see perform a standalone activation of backup proxy

    6. Change the time zone

    You can change the time zone on your system:

     Type yes, to change the time zone.

    1. From the displayed list of continents and oceans, type the number corresponding to the server location.

    2. From the displayed list of country, type the number corresponding to the country in which the server is located.

    3. Type 1, to set the selected time zone.

    The backup proxy will reboot after you change the time zone.

    Type no, to keep the default time zone.

    Note: You can also manually set the time zone.

    7. Exit Wait for the synchronization to complete and exit.

Note: After you reset the default password of the backup proxy virtual machine, the ProxyConf utility available at /opt/Druva/Phoenix/bin/ is invoked. The ProxyConf utility prompts you for inputs while performing tasks 4 through 6, thus completing the configuration of backup proxy.