Skip to main content

How can we help you?

Druva Documentation

Deploy Backup Proxy and Register Prism

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

 

Nutanix Prism has two components - Prism Central and  Prism Element. While Prism Central helps you manage a multi-cluster environment, a Prism Element helps you manage a single cluster. Druva Phoenix enables you to protect VMs managed by Prism Central and Prism Element. 

To register your Prism setup with Druva Phoenix, deploy a Backup proxy in the Prism and activate it. The Backup proxy performs the backup and restore operations.

Step 1: Prerequisites for Backup proxy installation

Ensure that you meet the prerequisites for installing the Backup proxy. For more information, see Prerequisites to install the backup proxy.

Step 2: Download the Backup proxy

  1. Log in to the Management Console.
  2. Select your Organization if Organizations are enabled.
  3. On the menu bar, click Protect > Nutanix AHV.
  4. On the Prism page click Register Prism.

    Register Prism - First configuration.png
    You will see the image above if this is the first time you're configuring Druva Phoenix to protect Nutanix AHV. If you have already registered a Prism setup earlier and are registering another one, you will see the image below.Register Prism - Already registered Prisms.png
  5. In the Register Prism dialog box, under Deploy Backup Proxy, click Download. This downloads the Backup proxy image locally. The downloaded file is in tar.gz format. 
    Download Proxy.png
  6. Extract the tar.gz file using the following command
    tar -xvf Nutanix_BackupProxy_1.tar.gz
    The extracted file is in the format Nutanix_BackupProxy_1.qcow2. This is the disk image that we will use to deploy the Backup proxy.

To troubleshoot Backup proxy deployment issues, see Troubleshoot backup proxy deployment issues and Phoenix agent logs and configuration details.

 Step 3: Deploy the backup proxy and register Prism

Upload the disk image in Prism Element and create a backup proxy VM

  1. Login to the Prism Element.
  2. Click the gear icon settings_icom_prism.png in the top right corner. 
  3. In the navigation pane on the left, under General settings, click Image Configuration.
  4. In the Image Configuration screen on the right, click Upload Image to upload the Nutanix_BackupProxy_1.qcow2 disk image that we downloaded in the previous step. We will create a virtual disk using this disk image.
    Upload image- Prism Element.png 
  5. On the Create Image screen, enter the following information:
Field Description
Name Enter a name for the disk image.
Annotation Enter an optional description for the image.
Image Type Select DISK from the drop-down list.
Storage Container Select a storage container from the drop-down list. 
Image Source Select Upload a file, and then browse to the location of the extracted Nutanix_BackupProxy_1.qcow2 file.
  1.  Click Save. This deploys the disk image as a template.
  2. Once the upload is complete, the status of the disk image changes to ACTIVE. You can now create a VM using this disk image.
  3. In the menu bar at the top left click Settings > VM.
    VM page in Prism Element.png
  4. In the top right corner, click Create VM. Enter the following information: 
Field Description

General Configuration

►Expand to view image
Create a VM - General Configuration - Prism Element.png
Name Name for the Backup proxy VM.
Description Enter an optional description for the Backup proxy VM.
Timezone The time zone that the Backup proxy VM should use.
Use this VM as an agent VM Use this option if the Backup proxy VM must be powered on before the others.

Compute Details 

The following compute values are the minimum recommendations. 

►Expand to view image
Create a VM - Compute Details - Prism Element.png
vCPU(s)
Number of Cores Per vCPU
Memory

Disks

►Expand to view image
Create a VM - Disks - Prism Element.png
Add New Disk Click to add the imported image as a disk.
Type Select DISK.
Operation Select Clone from Image Service from the drop-down list.
Bus Type Select SCSI
Image Select the name of the image file that was uploaded.
Size (GiB) This field is disabled and is auto-populated once the image is selected.
  1. Click Add.
  2. In the Create VM dialog box, under Boot Configuration, ensure that Legacy BIOS is selected. Set a boot priority. Select either Default Boot Order (CDROM, Disk, Network) or Disk (scsi.0).

    ►Expand to view image
    Create a VM - Boot and NIC - Prism Element.png
  3. In the Create VM dialog box, in the Network Adapters (NIC) section, click Add New NIC
    Note: The Nutanix backup proxy VM is always assigned a dynamic IP address during the VM creation. Once the deployment is complete, you can use the ProxyConf utility to assign a static IP address to the proxy VM. 
  4. In the Create NIC screen, perform the following tasks:

    ►Expand to view image
    Create a VM - Create NIC - Prism Element.png
    1. Select the Network Name from the dropdown.
    2. In the Network Connection State field, select Connected.
    3. Click Add.
  5. In the Create VM screen, click Save

Upload the disk image in Prism Central and create a Backup proxy VM

  1. Login to the Prism Central.
  2. Depending upon the version of Prism Central, click Add Image (under Compute and Storage or Virtual Infrastructure) to upload the backup proxy image downloaded in the previous step.
  3. On the Add Images screen, select Image File, and then click + Add File to upload the Nutanix_BackupProxy_1.qcow2 disk image that we downloaded and extracted in the previous step. Browse to the location of the image file, and then click Open.
  4. Enter the following information:
Field Description
Name Enter a name for the disk image. Ensure that the name is unique across all images in Prism Central.
Type Select DISK from the drop-down list.
Description Enter a description for the image.
Checksum Select a hashing algorithm.
  1.  After adding the image file, click Next
  2. In the Select Location page, select a placement method and then select the clusters where the image should be added.
  3. Click Save. This deploys the disk image as a template.
  4. Depending upon the version of Prism Central, click VMs
  5. Click Create VM. Enter the following information:
Field Description

General Configuration

►Expand to view image
Create a VM - General - Prism Central.png
Name Name for the Backup proxy VM.
Description
(Optional)
Enter an optional description for the Backup proxy VM.
Cluster Select the target Nutanix cluster from the drop-down list on which you intend to create the Backup proxy VM.
Number of VMs Enter the number of Backup proxy VMs to be created. 

VM Properties

The following compute values are the minimum recommendations. 

CPU
Cores per CPU
Memory
Resources
Disks
►Expand to view image
Attach a disk - Prism Central.png

Click Attach Disk.
In the Attach Disk screen, perform the following tasks:

  1. In Type, select Disk.
  2. In Operation, select Clone from Image.
  3. In Image select the image that was uploaded as a template in Step 8.
  4. In the Capacity field,  enter 60 Gib.
  5. In the Bus Type, select SCSi.
  6. Click Save.
Networks
►Expand to view image
Attach to subnet - Prism Central.png

Click Attach to Subnet.
In the Attach to Subnet screen, perform the following tasks:

  1. In Subnet, select the subnet. The VLAN ID is auto-populated.
  2. In the Network Connection State, select Connected.
  3. Click Save.

Note: The Nutanix backup proxy VM is always assigned a dynamic IP address during the VM creation. Once the deployment is complete, you can use the ProxyConf utility to assign a static IP address to the proxy VM. 

Boot Configuration
►Expand to view image
Create a VM - Boot Configuration - Prism Element.png
 
  1. Ensure that Legacy BIOS Mode is selected. Select the Boot Priority from Default Boot Order, or Disk (SCSI).
  2. Click Next.
Management
Categories Search for the category to be assigned to the Backup proxy VM. The policies associated with the category value are assigned to the VM.
Timezone Select the timezone to use for the Backup proxy VM from the drop-down list.
Use this VM as an Agent VM Use this option if the Backup proxy VM must be powered on before the others.
Guest Customization
  1. Script Type: No Customization, Sysprep(Windows), Cloudinit (Linux).
  2. Configuration Method: Upload or paste the startup script if the script type is anything other than No Customization.
  3. Click Next.        
Review Review the settings, and then click Create VM.

 Activate the backup proxy VMs

  1. From the Register Prism dialog box in the Management Console, under the Activate Backup Proxy section, click Copy Token to copy the activation token. 
    Copy_token_1.pngYou can also generate a new token by clicking Generate New Token. In the Generate Token dialog box, enter the following details, and then click Generate:
Field Description
Token Label A short description of the activation token.
Note: This is a mandatory field and cannot be left blank.
This token can activate The number of backup proxies that the activation token can activate. The default value is 25 backup proxies.
This token expires in The number of days after which the activation token expires. The default value is 7 days.
  1. In the Generate Token dialog box, click Copy Token and then click Done.
    Generate_token.png
  2. Power on the Backup proxy VMs that we created in Prism Element or Prism Central. The deployed Backup proxy is a Ubuntu VM.
  3. Once the VM has powered on, log in to it using the following credentials:
    • Username: root
    • Password: druvaphoenix
  4. At the prompt type ProxyConf and press enter.
  5. In the ProxyConf utility, press 1 to select the cloud from Public cloud or Gov cloud.
    Note: GovCloud is not supported currently.
  6. In the ProxyConf utility, press 2 to set up Prism. Enter the following details:
    1. Enter Prism address: Enter the IP address or FQDN for the Prism Element or Prism Central.
    2. Enter Prism Port: Enter the port for the Prism Element or Prism Central.
      Note: The default port for Nutanix prism is 9440.
    3. Enter Prism username: Enter the username
      Note: You can enter local administrator or AD account credentials. AD account usernames must follow the username@domain format.
    4. Enter Prism Password: Enter the password. 
    5. Is Prism Central (y/n): Type y if the entered details are for a Prism Central. If this isn’t a Prism Central, type n and press Enter.
      You can also test the authorization.
      ProxyConf- Prism Setup.png
  7. In the ProxyConf utility, press 6 to activate the Backup proxy. On the CLI, paste the copied activation token and then press Enter. The activation token was copied from the Register Prism dialog box in the Phoenix Management console.

You can register additional backup proxies and associate them with the same Prism Element or Prism Central. Druva Phoenix creates a single Backup proxy pool called the Default Pool. All the deployed backup proxies are a part of this pool.

Once the Prism Element or Prism Central is registered, Phoenix discovers the virtual machines hosted on it.