Linux Access Node Support for VMware


You can deploy a File Recovery Enabler for Linux (FREL) to serve as an access node for VMware. The resulting access node can be used for replication of VMware virtual machines.


  • A Linux access node for VMware can be used for snapshot operations with the following storage arrays:

    • Cisco HyperFlex

    • Dell EMC SC-Series (DSM)

    • Hitachi Vantara using one of the following snapshot engines:

      • Hitachi Shadow Image (CCI)

      • Hitachi Thin Image (CCI)

      • Hitachi Targetless Snap (CCI)

    • HPE 3PAR StoreServ

    • HPE Nimble Storage

    • IBM SVC


    • NetApp

    • NetApp SolidFire

    • Pure Storage FlashArray

    • Virtual Server Agent Snap (software snapshot engine)

  • Linux access node support for VMware is enabled by default for the HyperScale 1.5 Appliance. For the HyperScale 1.5 Appliance, you do not need to enable support or configure an access node.


  1. Download the Access Node and MediaAgent (FREL) package from the Commvault Store.

    This package provides an OVA template that is preconfigured with the Virtual Server Agent, MediaAgent, and the Mono framework.

  2. In vSphere, deploy the OVA template and configure the Linux machine as a File Recovery Enabler for Linux (FREL).

  3. To reconfigure the FREL as a Linux proxy: From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > FREL_client, right-click Virtual Server, and then click All Tasks > Reconfigure.

  4. Perform a remote install of all currently available Commvault feature release maintenance releases on the Linux machine.