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Register vCenter using web client

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Before you begin

Before you begin, ensure the following:

  • 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: This process of deploying and configuring the backup proxy using a desktop/web client is applicable only for a vCenter 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. 

For additional help on deploying OVF 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.  See, Register a standalone ESXi
You must deploy backup proxy on the same vCenter Server or the ESXi host from where virtual machines are to be backed up.

If you use an HTML5 web client for proxy deployment, you'd need to enter 'j.proxy type' in the HTTP field under Web Proxy Settings as a hard value even if there is no web proxy. The proxy will not power on post-deployment without this value.


  1. Log into vSphere Web Client. 
  2. In the left pane, click VMs and Templates.
  3. On the vCenter Server screen, click Actions > Deploy OVF Template.

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  4. In the Select source box, type or select the full path to the OVF template that you downloaded or browse the OVF template location, and click Next.

  5. Verify the OVF template details, and click Next.

  6. Click Accept to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA), and click Next

  7. In the Name box, type a name for the template.
    Under Select  folder or datacenter, expand the inventory tree, click a location, and click Next.

  8. Select a host or a cluster on which you want to deploy backup proxy, and click Next.

  9. From the list of resource pools, click the resource pool that you want to assign to this virtual machine, and click Next.

  10. Select a provisioning format.
    • 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. 
  11. 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.

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, expand the inventory and 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 the following details:

    • IP Address
    • Netmask
    • Gateway
    • Primary DNS
    • Secondary DNS
    • Domain
    Hostname Provide the hostname. Ensure that the hostname does not contain any special characters or a space. 

    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 Web 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:

    • Select 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: Valid FQDN of the 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.

    Time zone: 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 Phoenix user interface.