Deploying a VMware Virtual Machine with the Commvault Software Pre-Installed

For VMware, you can quickly deploy a virtual machine with the Commvault software pre-installed. VMware virtual machine image template packages (OVA) are now available in the Commvault Store.

To deploy a virtual machine pre-installed with the Commvault software in your CommCell environment, download the VMware template OVA file to your VMware environment. After the VM deployment, you can start protecting your data.

Before You Begin

  • You must deploy the OVA on a Version 6.5 ESXi host or a more recent version.
  • The OVA specifies a virtual appliance with the minimum required resources:
    • 4 vCPUs
    • 16 GB of RAM
    • 100 GB thin provisioned disk

    After you deploy the OVA, you can adjust the virtual machine resources as needed to meet your backup environment needs.

  • You can deploy the OVA using VMware vCenter Server, VMware vSphere, or VMware Fusion. Based on the interface you choose, the deployment steps might differ.


Download the OVA

  1. Go to the Commvault Store at store.commvault.com.
  2. Go to Media Kits > Virtual Appliance.

    The Virtual Appliance window appears.

  3. Download the VMware Image of Commvault Software package.

    The OVA file is downloaded to your system’s Download folder.

Deploy the OVA

The following steps are an example of deploying an OVA file using VMware vSphere. You can deploy the OVA using VMware vCenter Server, VMware vSphere, or VMware Fusion. Based on the interface you choose, the deployment steps might differ.

  1. On the vSphere where you want to deploy the new VM, log on to the VMware vCenter application.

    For example, go to https://<IP_address>/vsphere-client/?csp.

    The VMware vSphere Web Client application opens.

  2. From the Navigator window, right-click the client, and then select Deploy OVF Template.

    The Deploy OVA Template wizard opens.

  3. Follow the prompts in the wizard:
    1. Select template: Browse to the directory where you saved the OVA file. Click Next.
    2. Select name and location: Enter a name for the new VM, and then select a deployment location. Click Next.
    3. Select a resource: Select where to run the deployed template. (This location can be a host, cluster, resource pool or vapp.) Click Next.

      The system validates these credentials, which might take a few minutes.

    4. Review details: Confirm that the information about the template, which includes a warning about the advanced configurations, is correct:
      • If the information is correct, click Next.
      • If the information is not correct, and you need to make changes, click Back.
    5. Select storage: Select the datastore where you want to create the new VM.

      You can also select the disk format and associate a storage policy, but it is not required to deploy the VM. Click Next.

    6. Select networks: Select a destination network for the new VM. Click Next.
    7. Customize template:
      1. Enter a host name for the new VM. (This name will be host name of the newly deployed VM.)

        Names can contain letters (a-z, A-Z), numbers (0-9), and hyphens (-), but not spaces or periods.

      2. Enter a password for the new VM.

        You will need this password to access the new machines after they are deployed. Click Next.

        Passwords must be at least eight characters, and they must contain letters (a-z, A-Z), at least one number (0-9), and at least one special character.

    8. Ready to complete: Review the information:
      • If you must make changes, click Back.
      • If the configurations are accurate, click Finish.

      The package import and deployment tasks take 10–15 minutes. The status of the tasks is displayed in the Recent Tasks window.

      After the tasks are complete, the new VM appears in the Navigator window.

  4. Right-click the VM, and then select Power > Power On.

    After the VM is turned on, the Commvault software initiates a script on the VM that sets the host name and password that you specified, and then reboots the VM.

    Important: Before proceeding to the next step, wait for the VM to complete the rebooting process. If you open the VM console, and see that services are shutting down, then the system is still rebooting.

  5. Log on to the new VM.

    After you log on, a PowerShell script customizes the pre-installed Commvault application with the new VM name that you specified. After the script runs, the Command Center registration screen opens.

Create your Commvault Command Center Account

After you deploy the OVA, you must create your Commvault Command Center account, or sign in with an existing Command Center account.


  1. In the Command Center registration screen, go to the User details window.
  2. Create a Command Center account, or use an existing one:
    • If you have a Command Center account, click Use existing account, type the account email address and password, and then click Next.
    • If you do not have a Command Center account, complete the following steps:
      1. Enter your email address and your password, and then click Next.

        The Contact details window appears.

      2. Enter your contact information, and then click Next.

        The Mailing address window appears.

      3. Enter your mailing address, and then click Register.


The registration process takes a few minutes. When the process is complete, a message states that the registration is successful, and then the Command Center login window appears.

Complete the Initial Core Setup

  1. In the Command Center login window, enter your user credentials.

    The Core setup opens.

  2. In the Configure email window, enter your email address, and then click Save.

    The Commvault software sends emails about the CommCell environment to the email address that you enter.

  3. In the Add storage pool window, enter the following information:
    1. Name: Enter the name of the storage pool (library).
    2. Storage pool type: Select the type of storage for data protection operations.
    3. MediaAgent: Select the MediaAgent to add to the storage pool (library).
    4. Local path or Network path: Select whether to create a library using a local or network path.
    5. Path: Specify the path, and then click Save.
    6. DDB partition path: Browse to the directory where the deduplication database (DDB) is stored, and then click Save.

      You can change these values later, if necessary.

  4. In the Create server backup plan window, enter the name of the server backup plan.
  5. Review the default options for all the fields listed. Make any necessary changes, and then click Save.

    You can change these values later, if necessary.

Getting Started: Adding Support for Other Solutions

After you have completed your initial application setup, you can add support for other solutions. For example, you can add support for Exchange, Databases, and/or Virtualization.

Follow these steps to add support for Virtualization.

  1. Click on Virtualization.
  2. From the Add hypervisor window, select the vendor type.

    The fields displayed will differ depending on the vendor selected. Enter the required information. The proxy is selected by default. This is the MediaAgent used to process the backup requests. Click Save.

  3. In the Add VM group window, enter the required information to complete a backup of a group of VMs.
    1. Name the VM group.
    2. Browse and select the VMs to be protected.
    3. Review the storage policy and schedule policy defaults.

      These changes are not permanent and can be changed at any time.

    Click Save.

  4. To start your first backup, click Backup now.

    This will launch the Job summary window where you can see the status of the events. Note that it will take a few minutes to complete.

    After your backup completes, you can run a restore operation.

  5. From the left-side navigation bar, click Virtualization.
  6. Go to the hypervisors, and then select the VM or VM group to restore.
  7. From the Recovery Point windowpane, click Restore.
  8. From the list of restore types available, select Full virtual machine.
  9. Select the VMs to restore, and then click Restore.
  10. In the Restore options popup window, configure the settings. You can restore in place or out-of-place. Click Next.
  11. Review the default options for the remaining options.

    Make changes, if necessary, and then click Submit.

    The restore operation will occur as per your request, and a Job ID will be displayed in the upper right corner of the application. Click View jobs to see the restore job details.

Last modified: 10/8/2019 3:02:45 PM