Configuring VMware virtual machines

This section will elaborate on how you can administrators can configure the various VMware hosts in your environment for backup and restoration.

When you are configuring a virtual server (vCenter or ESXi) for backup for the first time,

  • Navigate to Virtual EnvironmentVMwareConfiguration.
  • Enter the Server Name or IP Address of the virtual environment in the Server Name / IP Address text-box.
    Note: If the ESXi host is managed by a vCenter server, it is adequate to add the vCenter server and all the ESXi hosts contained in it are automatically added.
  • Enter the VMWare Web service Port in which the server runs. By default, VMWare web services port is set to 443.
  • Enter the credentials of an admin in the space provided and click Add.

To add an additional virtual server (vCenter or ESXi) for backup,

  • Navigate to Virtual EnvironmentVMwareConfiguration.
  • Click the Add New Server button on the top right corner of the page.
  • Enter the Server Name/ IP Address of the server, the Port number and the credentials of an admin in the space provided, and click Add.

After a virtual server has been configured for backup, the following information corresponding to the server is displayed:

  • Number of virtual machines: The number of virtual machines in the server added is displayed under the Number of VMs column. Clicking on the number will list the details such as the name of the virtual machine, the provisioned size of the machine and the space used by it, and the host name of the virtual machine.
    Hovering the mouse against any virtual machine will display an option at the end of the table to quickly backup or restore that particular machine.
  • User Name: The user name using which the host has been configured.
  • License Information: Information on the number of hosts that have been licensed.
  • Status: Shows if the server has been configured for backup. If a backup has not been configured, you can configure the backup settings for the corresponding server by clicking the Configure Now link.

When a virtual server has been configured, you can perform any of the following operations:

Modify settings of a configured virtual server

  • Click the icon under the actions column of the virtual server that you wish to configure.
  • Modify the settings that you wish to alter and click Save.

Enable/disable a configured virtual server

  • Click the / icon under the action column of the virtual server that you wish to enable/ disable.

Delete a configured virtual server

  • Click the icon under the action column to delete a virtual server from the list of configured servers.

License Management

Virtual machine backup and restoration functionality is licensed based on the number of hosts that are configured with RecoveryManager Plus. This section will explain how you can license and unlicense your virtual machines.

Virtual machine backup and restoration functionality is licensed based on the number of hosts that are configured with RecoveryManager Plus. The license management option allows you to efficiently manage your license.

  • Click the License Management button at the top-right corner of the screen.
  • You will be redirected to the license management page where you can see the number of licenses that are unused and the number of hosts that are currently licensed with RecoveryManager Plus.
  • To license a server, select the server from the left-hand side and click the >> icon.
  • To unlicense a server, select the server that you wish to remove from the right-hand side and click the << icon.
  • Click Save.

Note: If you have removed a server that was previously backed up, select Delete the previous backups of unlicensed Servers to delete the backups taken previously to conserve storage space.

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