Guided Setup for Google Cloud Platform

The Virtualization guided setup guides you through creating a server plan, adding a hypervisor, and adding a VM group.

Before You Begin

  • Complete the Core Setup Wizard.

  • Review the information in Google Cloud Platform: System Requirements.

  • To back up and restore GCP instances, you must create a GCP service account, and then download the JSON file for GCP service account authentication. You will need this file when you add a GCP hypervisor to your environment.

  • For more information, see Creating a Google Cloud Platform Service Account.

  • At least one machine must have the Virtual Server Agent installed. For more information, see Access Nodes and File Recovery Enablers for Linux.

    The access node must be present on Google Cloud. You can designate one access node to back up instances from multiple projects (to which access rights are provided in your GCP service account). For faster backups and restores, designate at least one access node for every GCP region.


  1. If the setup page is not displayed, from the navigation pane, click Guided setup.

  2. After you complete the core setup, on the Protect tab, click the Virtualization tile.

  3. On the Create server backup plan page, type a name for the plan, then provide information about storage, retention, and backup schedules. For more information, see Creating a Server Plan.

    If you configured a server backup plan as part of the Core Setup, the wizard skips this page.

  4. Click Save.

    The Add hypervisor page appears. The options vary depending on the hypervisor type you select.

  5. Provide the following information:

    1. Select vendor: Select Google Cloud Platform.

    2. Client name: Enter a descriptive name for the hypervisor.

    3. Enter account information:

      • Project ID: Enter the Google Cloud Platform Project ID.

      • Service Account ID: Enter the Google Cloud Platform Service Account ID.

      • JSON file: Select the JSON file for service account authentication that you downloaded when you created the GCP service account for this hypervisor.

    4. Access node: Select a Google Cloud Platform instance in the region to be protected.

  6. Click Save.

  7. On the Add VM group page, type a descriptive name to identify the VM group, and then select virtual machines to be protected.

  8. Click Save.

  9. To finish, choose one of the following options:

    • Click Back up Now to perform an immediate backup of the virtual machines in the VM group (without requiring confirmation).

      The Job details page appears and displays job status information.

    • Click Do it later to go to the hypervisor page without performing a backup.