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Displaying Virtual Machines in the CommCell Browser

By default, virtual machines are not displayed in the CommCell Console. However, you can display all virtual machines as client computers in a CommCell Console.

When a virtual machine appears as a client computer in the CommCell Console, you can perform the following operations:

Before You Begin

To display virtual machines in the CommCell Console, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The virtual machine must be turned on at the time of the backup.
  • VMware Tools must be installed and updated on the virtual machine.

If these prerequisites are not satisfied, the virtual machine appears as a client computer, but the host name and DNS do not appear in the Client Computer Properties dialog box.

Note: If you remotely install any software on a virtual machine and any required information such as the host name is missing from the database, the installation fails. If you interactively install any software on the virtual machine and any information such as the client name or host name is different, the virtual machine is treated as a new client and a duplicate client is created. To avoid duplicate client entries caused by different client or host names, use the install software option for the client level in the CommCell Console rather than interactively installing software to the virtual machine guest operating system.

You can display virtual machines for all subclients under Client Computers, or you can display virtual machines in the Client Computer Groups List. A new client computer group is created for each virtualization client. All virtual machines backed up by that virtualization client are added to the group. Virtual machines in the group can be displayed independently of the Client Computers list.

Procedure

To display the virtual machines under Client Computers

  1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, click the Tools tab, and then click User Preferences.
  2. On the Client Computer Filter tab, select the Show Virtual Machines check box.

    If this check box is cleared, virtual machines are only displayed under subclients that include them, and any virtual machines without installed packages are not displayed.

  3. Click OK.
  4. Expand the Client Computers node to verify the list of virtual machines.

    All virtual machines that are configured to be backed up by any subclient are displayed in the CommCell Browser. Any virtual machines that do not have packages installed are unavailable.

To display the virtual machines in the Client Computer Groups list in the CommCell Console

  1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, click the Tools tab, and then click User Preferences.
  2. On the Client Computer Group Filter tab, select the Show Virtual Machines check box.

    If this check box is cleared, virtual machines are only displayed under subclients that include them, and any virtual machines without installed packages are not displayed.

  3. Click OK.
  4. Expand the Client Computer Groups node to view the groups.
  5. Expand the node for each group to view the virtual machines backed up by that VMware vCenter client.

    All virtual machines backed up by any subclient are displayed in the CommCell Browser. Any virtual machines that do not have packages installed are unavailable.

Last modified: 1/7/2018 8:41:25 PM