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How to Install the Backup Appliance

Install the backup appliance on ESX/ESXi 4.0 Update 2 or later so Data Recovery can complete backup tasks. You use the vSphere Client to deploy the backup appliance.


To install the backup appliance, you must have vCenter Server and you should have an ESX/ESXi 4.0 Update 2 host running in your environment. The backup appliance connects to ESX/ESXi using port 902. If there is a firewall between the backup appliance and ESX/ESXi, port 902 must be open. The backup appliance, client plug-in, and FLR should all be the same version. If used this may result in errors that indicate that the backup appliance is not powered on Do not install multiple backup appliances on a single host.


1. From the vSphere Client, select File > Deploy OVF Template.

2. Select Deploy from file, and then browse to VmwareDataRecovery_OVF10.ovf and select it. The ovf file can be found on the Data Recovery CD in the <Drive Letter>:VMwareDataRecovery-ovfdirectory.

3. Review the OVF file details as shown below

4. Select a location for the backup appliance in the vSphere inventory as shown below. You can optionally rename the backup appliance

5. Select the host or cluster to which the backup appliance is to be deployed as shown below

6. Select a datastore to store the virtual machine files as shown below. In below case I have only one datastore so you will not see option to select datastore. Select a disk format to use for the virtual disk.

When choosing a datastore on which to store the files for the backup appliance, choose a datastore with the largest VMFS block size. This is necessary to ensure that the backup appliance can back up virtual machines from all datastores.

7. Select the appropriate network to use. Below VMware smartly provides you warning about using congested VM Network for vDR

If you choose to enable the second NIC provided with the backup appliance: a. Enter the command ifup eth1 in the command line to enable eth1. b. Change ONBOOT=no to ONBOOT=yes in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 to automatically enable eth1 when the appliance is started.

8. In Properties, select a timezone for the appliance.

9. Review the deployment settings and click Finish.

The backup appliance is now deployed into your environment.

The backup appliance is recognized by an annotation on the virtual machine that says VMware Data Recovery Module.

Manually adding or removing this annotation will produce undesirable results.

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