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. Do not install multiple backup appliances on a single host.


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


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-ovf\ directory.


Review the OVF file details.


Select a location for the backup appliance in the vSphere inventory.

You can optionally rename the backup appliance.


Select the host or cluster to which the backup appliance is to be deployed.


Select a datastore to store the virtual machine files.

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.


Select a disk format to use for the virtual disk.


In Properties, select a timezone for the appliance.


Review the deployment settings and click Finish.


If you choose to enable the second NIC provided with the backup appliance:


Enter the command ifup eth1 in the command line to enable eth1.


Change ONBOOT=no to ONBOOT=yes in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 to automatically enable eth1 when the appliance is started.

The additional NIC might be used in a case where the backup appliance requires access both to an isolated service console network and a production network.

The backup appliance is now deployed into your environment.

You can change IP address settings through the backup appliance console after installation. If such changes are required, use the vSphere Client to open the backup appliance console window, where you can modify IP address settings.

You can save backups on network storage or on hard disks. If you are going to store backups on a hard disk, you may now want to complete the task Add a Hard Disk to the Backup Appliance. Otherwise you may now want to read Using VMware Data Recovery.

The backup appliance is recognized by an annotation on the virtual machine that says VMware Data Recovery Module. Do not change this annotation or add this annotation to any other virtual machines. Manually adding or removing this annotation will produce undesirable results.