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Register vCenter using desktop client

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Before you begin

Before you begin, ensure the following:

  • vSphere Client for desktop is installed on the server 
  • The backup proxy virtual appliance is downloaded on the same desktop as the vSphere Client or a location accessible from the system
  • You have the following information:
    • vCenter credentials
    • Web proxy credentials (If you use a Web proxy in your environment).
    • Activation token. For more information see, Generate activation token.
    • IP settings.

Note: The process of configuring backup proxy through vCenter is applicable only through vCenter desktop/web client and not in case of standalone ESXi because  vCenter has the capability to temporarily store the parameters received during the OVF deployment.

To deploy backup proxy

  1. Log on to vCenter Server using vSphere Client. 
  2. From the File menu, click Deploy OVF Template.  
  3. In the Deploy from a file or URL box, type or select the full path to the OVF template that you downloaded, and click Next.
  4. Verify the OVF template details, and click Next
  5. Click Accept to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA), and click Next
  6. In the Name box, type a name for the template.
    Under Inventory Location, expand or collapse the inventory tree, click a location, and click Next.
  7. Select a host or a cluster on which you want to deploy backup proxy, and click Next.

​​Note: If you are registering a standalone ESXi, select the host from which you want to backup the virtual machines.​

  1. From the list of resource pools, click the resource pool that you want to assign to this virtual machine, and click Next.
  2. Select a destination storage, and click Next
    If you created storage profiles, click the storage profile that you want to assign to the virtual machine.
    From the list of storage, click a storage that you want to set as destination storage for this virtual machine.  
  3. Select a provisioning format, and click Next.
    • Thick Provisioned Lazy Zeroed: If you select this format, a thick virtual disk is created, and the existing data is lazy zeroed (existing data on the provisioned storage are cleared when the virtual machine writes to the storage for the first time). 
    • Thick Provisioned Eager Zeroed: If you select this format, a thick virtual disk is created, and the existing data is eager zeroed (existing data on the provisioned storage is overwritten with zeroes at the time of creating the virtual machine).
    • Thin Provisioned: If you select this format, a thin virtual disk is created. 
Note: Backup proxy uses the default network mapping settings of the vCenter Server or ESXi hypervisor. 
  1. Select the source and destination network and click Next.
  2. On the Properties screen, provide the following details: 

    Field Description

    Network Settings

    Phoenix backup proxy provides two network interface cards for configuration.

    Select the Static IP box and provide:

    • IP Address
    • Netmask
    • Gateway
    • Primary DNS
    • Secondary DNS
    • Domain
    Hostname Provide the hostname. Ensure that you do not enter a special character or a space in the hostname. 

    vCenter/ESXi details


    Provide the following vCenter details on which your backup proxy resides:

    • vCenter or ESXi FQDN
    • Username
    • Password

    Ensure that you provide a format that you have used to log in to the vCenter using the Desktop vSphere Client. For example, if your vCenter is connected to a domain, you should provide the username in the following format:


    Web proxy settings

    You can configure web proxy for your environment. To 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. For a proxy that does not require authentication, enter *. 
    • Password: Valid proxy password. For a proxy that does not require authentication, enter *.

    Note: Druva only supports basic authentication with Web proxy.


    Activation Token: The activation token that you have received while registering the VMware setup. 

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

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

  3. Click Next.
  4. To start the virtual machine after deployment, select Power on after deployment.
  5. Verify the summary, and click Finish.
    You can see the backup proxy on the UI.  

Note: For additional help on deploying OVA templates, see the associated VMware documentation depending on the version of your VMware setup. For example, see this article from the vSphere 5 documentation library. 

You can deploy backup proxy on a vCenter  server whose virtual machines you want to back up. If you have not deployed vCenter Server, you can deploy backup proxy on a standalone ESXi host. You must deploy backup proxy on the same vCenter Server or the ESXi host from where virtual machines are to be backed up. 

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