Designate a Proxy to Back Up Virtual Machines in a Subclient

By default, the first proxy in the list of proxies for the instance is used to backup all the virtual machines in a VMware vCenter client. You can configure a subclient and designate a specific proxy which you want to use for backup of all the virtual machines in the subclient. This is useful when you want to use a specific transport mode for backing up virtual machines.


  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > VMware.
  2. Right-click the backup set and select All Tasks > New Subclient.
  3. Enter the subclient name.
  4. Click the Contents tab.
  5. Click Browse and select a vCenter object (such as a virtual machine, host, datastore, or datacenter).

    Otherwise, define a rule for automatic discovery of virtual machines.

  6. Click the Advanced Options tab.
  7. Click Add.
  8. Select a proxy computer from the Exclude list and click Include.

    You can also select more than one proxy from the Exclude list. This list displays all the computers which has Virtual Server iDataAgent installed. You can also select proxies different than the proxies specified for the VMware instance.

  9. Click OK.
  10. Review the Client /Client Groups list.

    If you do not want to use any proxy for the backup, select the client name for the proxy and click Remove.

  11. If a proxy ESX server is not specified for the VMware instance, from the Proxy ESX Server list, select an ESX host that can be used to mount datastores for backups.

    The proxy ESX server is used for IntelliSnap backups that include the option to collect file information, for IntelliSnap backup copies, for backups that include RDMs, and for backups using HotAdd or NBD transport mode when the VSA proxy is a VM.

    To use the Live File Recovery feature, you must identify an ESX server that can be used to mount an NFS datastore, which enables browsing and restoring files and folders from backup data. The ESX server version installed and the default VM compatibility setting on the host server must be the same as or higher than the ESX server version on the production server.

  12. To identify an ESX host that can be used to mount snapshots, click Add and select an ESX host for the Snap Mount ESX Host option.

    The ESX host for snap mounts is used when proxyless backups are not possible. The host must be able to access hardware snapshots from the storage array so that it can mount hardware snapshots for volumes.

  13. Click OK.

Last modified: 8/26/2019 9:38:38 PM