EMC Avamar: Deploy & Configure Combined Proxy Server

The steps and screenshots below descripe how to deploy and configure an EMC Avamar (6.1) Proxy server for image and file based back-up's using VMware vCenter.

  • Log into your vCenter
  • In the "hosts and clusters" view go to File > Deploy OVF template 

  • Select "Deploy from file" and browse to the OVA file (you can download the OVA file from your Avamar administration server "downloads and documents" page)

 

 

  • Click "Next"

In the next steps configure the virtual machine as you would normally do, so set a hostname, configure NIC, select the appropiate cluster and ESX host etc.

  •  After the VM is deployed power it on
  • When to VM is booted you will see the screen below, fill in 2 (we first need to configure network, gatewate, dns etc before we van register de proxy server).

  • In the configure menu go to "Configure Network"

 

  • Now configure the network settings (Default Gateway, Hostname, DNS servers and IP address for the NIC).

 

  • After you have configured all network settings exit this menu (option 1)
  • Now set the right timezone

  • After all settings are applied restart the VM
  • Once the is started you can register the proxy server
  • Choose option 1

 

  • Set the Avamar adminstrator server name or IP address
  • Fill in the clients domain

 

Once the Proxy server is registered you can find it within the Avamar Administrator Console: Administration > Account Management

The Proxy server is now online and operational.

 

Tip: in case you might need it the default credentials for the VM are:

user: root
password: avam@r

 

Avamar - Add new client to back-up group (File based)

In the steps below I will descripe how to add a new back-up client to your existing back-up group and schedule. There are basically to types to back-up your client: Image based & File based.

File based back-up with EMC Avamar

  • Log in to the client or host you want to back-up
  • Open a webbrowser and put in the IP Address of the Avamar node(s)
  • Go to "Documents and Downloads"

  • Select the appropriate category (in our example a Windows Server 2008)

  • Click on AvamarClient-windows-x86_64-6.1.101-87.msi (file name could be different due to the different Avamar versions) to download the file, after download execute it.
  • When to installation begins click "Next"

  • (read) the license agreement and click "Next"

  • On the next screen decide if you would like in install a Client User Interface (I think it may come in handy), Click "Next"

  •  Click on "Install"

Now the client is being installed, but we are not yet finished.

Now the Windows Agent is installed we have to activate it and then we are going to add the new back-up client to an existing back-up policy group.

  • Right click the Avamar Agent in the taskbar

  • Put in the right information (IP Address of the Avamar Node and the Domain)
  • Click on "Activate"

  • Click "OK" on the success message below

 

To add the newly activated client to a back-up policy group:

  • Open the Avamar Administator Console
  • Go to "Policy"

  • Select the appropriate policy group

  • Right-click it and "Edit Group"

  • Go to the "Clients" tab
  • Click on "Add"

  • Select the right client and click on "OK"

Your client is now added to the Avamar back-up policy group on a agent based (file based) back-up.

 

Avamar - Add new client to back-up group (Image based)

In the steps below I will descripe how to add a new back-up client to your existing back-up group and schedule. There are basically to types to back-up your client: Image based & File based.

Image based back-up by using VMware vCenter

  • Start the Avamar Administrator console
  • Go to "Administration"

  • Select your Virtual Center Server
  • Select "Virtual Machines"
  • Select "New Client"

 

  • Go to "Browse"

  • Select "Show sub-domain virtual machines"

 

  • Select the client/host you want to back-up, select "Enable changed block tracking" and click on OK

Now you have added the client/host to the Avamar console you now need to add them to your existing back-up group policy.

  • In the Administator Console go to "Policy"

  • Select your vCenter server en select the right policy group

 

  • Select "Edit Group"

  • Go to the tab "Virtual Machines" and click on "Add"

  • Select the right client/host and click on OK

 

  • to be sure, check if the right client is indeed added to the group

 

You client is now active in your existing back-up policy.

 

Note: There is a bug in vSphere Data Protection 5.1, this causes you back-up task to fail. Follow the steps below for a work-around.

To configure disk.EnableUUID using the vSphere Web Client:

  1. Right-click the virtual machine and click Shut Down Guest OS.
  2. Right-dick the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  3. Click VM Options.
  4. Expand the Advanced section and click Edit Configuration.
  5. Locate the disk.EnableUUID parameter and set the value to false.
  6. Click OK.     
  7. Click OK.     
  8. Right-click the virtual machine and click Power On

 

Avamar - FIX: Error 10014

If your backup task failed with the Error Code: 10014 there is a good possibility that your cache files (F and P cache) are corrupted.

To check this, create the following command to by-pass the cache files. Create a file called avtar.cmd on the backup client that failed in the folder ‘c:\program files\avs\var’ and enter the following flag: --nocache

After creating this .cmd run your backup task again (or wait till the next schuled job starts) and check if the task is completed with no errors. If so, your cache files are corrupted, you can delete the f_cache.dat and p_cache.dat (these will be automatically created at the first new backup job).

DO NOT forget to remove the --no cache flag in the avtar.cmd!

I hope this fixes your problem. Please let me know by using the contactform.