Skip to main content

How can we help you?

Druva Documentation

Quick steps to set up Phoenix to back up virtual machines

Phoenix Editions: File:/tick.png Business File:/cross.png Enterprise File:/tick.png Elite


Steps to set up Druva to back up virtual machines

Watch video



Perform the following tasks to set up Druva to back up your virtual machine setup.

Task Number Task Description
Prepare your VMware setup for backup


Determine if you want to configure Druva for VMware ESXi or VMware vCenter Server.

You can choose to configure Druva for:

  • Standalone VMware ESXi 
    If you choose to configure Druva to back up virtual machines on ESXi, you require at least one installation of backup proxy for each VMware ESXi hypervisor. One or more instances of backup proxy back up virtual machines created on the associated host. 
  • VMware vCenter Server
    If you choose to configure Druva to back up virtual machines hosted on VMware ESXi hosts managed through vCenter Server, you require at least one installation of backup proxy for each vCenter Server. One or more instances of backup proxy back up virtual machines created across hosts associated with vCenter Server.


Ensure that your VMware setup has sufficient resources for a backup proxy deployment

Backup proxy is bundled along with a CentOS installer in an OVF virtual appliance. When you deploy the appliance, a new CentOS virtual machine is created along with an installation of the backup proxy. 

To enable the backup proxy to work as expected, ensure that your setup is such that you can assign the minimum resources that backup proxy requires. For more information, see Prerequisites for setting up Druva for VMware


Ensure that you have adequate storage

Depending on your data needs, the Druva Support team creates and assigns storage for your setup. To request for additional storage, write to the Druva Support team. Alternatively, get in touch with your account executive. 


Log in to the Hybrid Workloads Management Console

To begin, log in to the Hybrid Workloads Management Console with the credentials that you received in the invitation email.

Note: If this is your first login, the welcome screen appears. Click Get Started to set up Druva. 

Register your VMware setup and configure virtual machines for backup 


Deploy, register, and configure backup proxy

To enable backup across virtual machines, you must deploy one or multiple instances of backup proxy on ESXi hypervisors or vCenter Servers, depending on whether you want to enable backup for virtual machines created on specific hosts or virtual machines across all hosts. Thereafter, you must register and configure the backup proxy. At the time of registration, Druva generates an activation token. At the time of configuration, use this token to activate backup proxy. 


Configure your virtual machines

After activating backup proxy, virtual machines hosted on ESXi appear under All Virtual Machines on the VMware Setups page. Configure your virtual machines to schedule for automatic backups. 

Druva also supports backup of Microsoft SQL Server databases running under a virtual machine. At the time of configuring your virtual machines, you can choose to backup SQL Server databases alongside the image-level virtual machine backup. 

You can also configure virtual machines for Instant Restore. For more information about Instant Restore, see Restore virtual machines instantly.

  • Was this article helpful?