2.2. Configuring the Acronis Agent for VMware

After creating the agent appliance, start it. In the vSphere Client, open Inventory, right-click the appliance name, and then select Power > Power On. Select the Console tab.

The console to the appliance virtual machine will open.


Configure the agent as follows:

  1. (Optional) Configure a proxy server if you have one in your network:

    1. Start the command shell by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+F2 while in the virtual appliance UI.

    2. Edit the following section in the file /etc/Acronis/Global.config:

      <key name="HttpProxy">
      <value name="Enabled" type="Tdword">"1"</value>
      <value name="Host" type="TString">"ADDRESS"</value>
      <value name="Port" type="Tdword">"PORT"</value>
      <value name="Login" type="TString">"LOGIN"</value>
      <value name="Password" type="TString">"PASSWORD"</value>

      If the section is missing, copy and paste it to the file inside the <registry name="Global">...</registry> tag.

    3. Replace ADDRESS with your proxy server host name or IP address and PORT with the port number.

    4. If your proxy server requires authentication, replace LOGIN and PASSWORD with the proxy server credentials. Otherwise, delete these lines.

    5. Locate (or create) the env section in the file /opt/acronis/etc/aakore.yaml and add the following lines to it:

    6. Replace LOGIN and PASSWORD with the proxy server credentials, and ADDRESS:PORT with the address and port number of the proxy server.

    7. Reboot the appliance with reboot.

  2. The agent’s network connection will be configured automatically via DHCP. To change the default configuration, under AGENT OPTIONS, in eth0, click Change and specify the desired network settings.

  3. Under AGENT OPTIONS, in vCenter/ESX(i), click Change and specify the vCenter Server name or IP address. The agent will be able to back up and recover any virtual machines managed by the vCenter Server.

    If you do not use a vCenter Server, specify the name or IP address of the ESXi host whose virtual machines you want to back up and recover. Normally, backups run faster when the agent backs up virtual machines located on its own host.

    Specify the credentials that the agent will use to connect to the vCenter Server or ESXi. It is recommended to use an account that has the Administrator role assigned. Otherwise, provide an account with the necessary privileges on the vCenter Server or ESXi.

    Click Check connection to ensure the access credentials are correct.

  4. Under AGENT OPTIONS, in Management Server, click Change.

    In Server name/IP, select Cloud. The software will display the Cyber Protection service address. Do not change this address unless instructed otherwise.

    In User name and Password, specify the user name and password for the Cyber Protection service. The agent and the virtual machines managed by the agent will be registered under this account.

  5. Under VIRTUAL MACHINE, in Time zone, click Change. Select the time zone of your location to ensure that the scheduled operations run at the appropriate time.

  6. Optionally, you can attach an additional disk to the virtual appliance so the Acronis Agent for VMware can back up to this locally attached storage.

    Add the disk by editing the settings of the virtual machine and click Refresh. The Create storage link will become available. Click this link, select the disk, and then specify a label for it.