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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 deploying and configuring the backup proxy using a desktop/web client is applicable only for a vCenter host and not for a standalone ESXi host. vCenter has the capability to temporarily store the parameters received during the OVF deployment. Do not use the command line utility (ProxyConf) to configure the backup proxy on a vCenter host. 

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:

    <domain\username>

    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:

    • Choose authentication type:
      • None
      • Basic
      • Kerberos
        If you select Kerberos authentication method, provide the following details:
        • Enter KDC server name: Provide the FQDN of the Key Distribution Center (KDC) server. 
        • Enter KDC user name: Provide a user name that the KDC can authenticate. 
        • Enter KDC Password: Provide the password of the user entered in the KDC user name field.
        • Enter KDC port: Provide the KDC port. 
        • Enter FQDN of DNS Server Name: Provide the FQDN of the DNS server. 
        • Enter DNS Server User Name: Provide a DNS server user name to let the backup proxy virtual machine use the domain you provided in the DNS Server Name field. 
        • Enter DNS Server User Password: Provide the password of the user entered in the DNS Server User Name field. 
          Note: Ensure that the FQDNs of the KDC, DNS server, and the web proxy host resolve to the appropriate servers. If the FQDNs do not resolve, add the FQDNs and the respective IP addresses in the /etc/hosts file of the backup proxy virtual machine.
    • 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 *.

    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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