Note: I’m using Disk 3 in the vSphere 4 suite of DVD’s. There are two parts to this installation, the vCenter plug-in & the actual Data Recovery vritual machine (OVF Template)
1. If you have autorun enabled the following screen with pop up, otherwise click on autorun.exe. Click Data Recovery to begin the vCenter Plug-In installation.
2. The first screen of the installation is displayed. Click Next.
3. The setup wizard is displayed. Click Next.
4. Select “I Agree”, to accept the End User License Agreement. Click Next.
5. The plug-in installation will now begin copying files. Click Next.
6. The Data Recovery plug-in installation is now complete. Click Close to move onto part two of the installation.
7. Locate the VMwareDataRecovery.ovf file on the DVD. It is located under
8. Log into vCenter, select the VM host that you would like to install the Data Recovery virtual machine too. Click File – Deploy OVF Template.
9. Browse to the same location in step 7. making sure you are pointing to the VMwareDataRecovery.ovf file. Click Next.
10. This screen displays the Data Recovery version, along with the size of the file and what the size of the virtual machine will be. Click Next.
11. Give the virtual machine a name. In this case i’ve used the default of “VMware Data Recovery”. If you have multiple datacenters in your setup, select the Datacenter that you would like to install this virtual machine too. Click Next.
12. Select the datastore you would like to install VMware Data Recovery too. As VMware Data Recovery uses De-Duplication with it’s own type of format, you must dedicate an entire Datastore to this virtual machine. Click Next.
13. A summary screen is displayed. If you are happy with everything click Finish and the virtual machine installation will begin. Otherwise click Back and make the necessary changes.
14. The virtual machine is created and the necessary files are copied.
15. Installation is complete.
16. As you can see below, our VMware Data Recovery virtual machine has been created.
17. We can also verify that the VMware Data Recovery Plug-In has been installed correctly, by clicking on Plug-ins – Manage Plug-ins, from within vCenter.
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