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Published : Dec. 21, 2015
Created : Dec. 21, 2015
Last Modified : Oct. 20, 2016

Purpose

With this feature, the backing up of VMs using an exclusive physical agent is not really required. It just works with your existing VMware Server. You need to use a proxy VM to process the VMware backups. It can be a new VM or an existing VM from the ESXi server.

Requirements

For this feature, these are the below requirements from VMware:

The agent must be installed on the Virtual Machine on the same ESXi server where the source VM’s resides. If proxy vm in which backup agent is running is on a VFMS3 datastore, the volume on proxy vm should be formatted with appropriate block size given below depending on the maximum disk size of the source VM(s)

  • 1MB block size – supports up to 256GB
  • 2MB block size – supports up to 512GB
  • 4MB block size – supports up to 1024GB
  • 8MB block size – supports up to 2048GB

The disks that are to be hot added must be SCSI. IDE drives are not compatible with hotadd. The proxy vm should have installed VMware tools and VMware tools should be upgraded immediately to the available newer version deployment.

In order to use VMware UltraBlaze Technology, you’ll need to create a proxy VM and then install Vembu BDR agent on the VM, or you can install Vembu BDR on existing VM. But make sure that the above requirements are satisfied while selecting the VM for Vembu BDR agent installation.

Proxy VM creation

  1. Open VMware vSphere client and select “File ­> New ­> Virtual Machine” option.

    Virtual Machine

  2. Name your proxy VM.

    Name your proxy VM

  3. Select the datastore where you want to create the disk for the Proxy VM.

    disk for the Proxy VM

  4. Select the latest virtual machine version.

    virtual machine version

  5. Select the Guest OS. Select Windows or Linux. If Linux, we recommend you to use Ubuntu 64 bit machine.

    Ubuntu 64 bit

  6. Select the required resources. Recommended, CPU­1 and RAM­2 GB.

    Recommended, CPU­1 and RAM­2 GB

  7. You can go with default options for SCSI controller.

    SCSI controller

  8. Create new virtual disk.

    virtual disk

  9. Enter the required storage for the Proxy VM. 50 GB is recommended.

    storage for the Proxy VM

  10. Select SCSI as Virtual Device Node. This step is crucial, if you select IDE, this feature will not work.

     Virtual Device Node

  11. Verify your inputs and create the Proxy VM.

    Verify your inputs and create the Proxy VM

Installing Vembu BDR agent on Proxy VM

  1. Download Vembu BDR Windows agent build from following URL, https://www.vembu.com/try/

    Vembu BDR Windows agent build

  2. Run the installer by selecting ‘Run as Administrator’ option.

    Run as Administrator

  3. Accept the terms and conditions.

    Accept the terms and conditions

  4. Enter a name for this proxy VM. This name will be used to identify this installation on Vembu BDR backup server.

    Vembu BDR backup server

  5. Select ‘Typical’ option and install the agent with default options.

    option and install

  6. Click ‘Finish’ to complete the installation process.

     complete the installation process

Configuring VMware backup

Open any browser like FF, IE or Chrome and enter “http://localhost:6060”. Login with default username and password. (admin / admin)

 Login with default username and password

  1. Select your timezone.

    timezone

  2. Enter the Vembu BDR backup server IP address or DNS name.

    IP address or DNS name

  3. Goto “Backup ­> Image Backup ­> VMware” page.

     VMware

  4. Select “Add VMware Server” option to add this ESXi host information.

    ESXi host information

  5. Enter required information and save the details.

    save the details

  6. Go back to “Select VMware Server” page and select the added ESXi host.

    Select VMware Server

  7. Now all VMs from the given ESXi host will be listed, and you can now select the VMs which needs to be backed up.

    ESXi host

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