Uploading the HYCU virtual appliance image to a Nutanix cluster running on ESXi
The procedure of uploading the HYCU virtual appliance image differs for the Nutanix
cluster running on AHV and the Nutanix cluster running on ESXi.
To upload the HYCU virtual appliance image to a ESXi Nutanix cluster, follow these steps:
1. Log on to the VMware vSphere Web client. Make sure you are using flash version of vSphere Web Client.
2. Click the Datastore tab and select the datastore where you want to upload the HYCU virtual appliance image. Click the Upload a file to the Datastore icon. In the dialog box that appears, select the HYCU virtual appliance image file, click Open.
Clone uploaded image file
For the VMware vSphere 6.x, perform the following additional steps:
1. Establish an SSH connection to the ESXi server.
2. In the SSH console, navigate to the datastore where you uploaded the HYCU virtual appliance image file. To find the uploaded file, run the following command:
find /vmfs/volumes –name "hycu-*.vmdk"
3. To clone the image file, run the following command:
vmkfstools -i /original_path/original_image_name.vmdk -d thin /new_path/cloned_image_name.vmdk
In this instance, original_path is the directory where you uploaded the HYCU virtual appliance image file, new_path is the directory where you want to clone the image file (it can be the same as the original).
After the image is successfully cloned, close the SSH connection.
Creating a virtual machine for HYCU deployment
Make sure you are using flash version of vSphere Web Client. To create a virtual machine for HYCU deployment, do the following in the VMware vSphere Web client:
1. Click the VMs tab, and then click the Create a new virtual machine into a host or
2. In the New Virtual Machine dialog box, click Select creation type, and then select
Create a new virtual machine. Click Next.
3. In the Select a name and folder context, enter a virtual machine name and location.
4. In the Select a compute resource context, select the Nutanix cluster running on ESXi.
5. In the Select storage context, select the Datastore where the HYCU backup controller
will reside. Click Next.
6. In the Select compatibility context, leave the default values, and then click Next.
7. In the Select a guest OS context, select the Linux guest OS family and the CentOS 7 (64-
bit) guest OS version from the drop-down menus. Click Next.
8. In the Customize hardware context, do the following:
a. Enter the number of CPUs and cores per socket, and a desired amount of RAM. Additional information about Sizing Your Backup Infrastructure for HYCU can be found in HYCU User Guide
b. Remove the following hardware: New Hard disk, CD/DVD Drive, and Floppy Drive by
clicking x in the respective string.
c. From the New device drop-down menu, select Existing Hard Disk, and then click
Add. In the Select File dialog box that opens, select the cloned HYCU virtual
appliance image file, and then click OK.
d. In the New Network section, select the network you will use for HYCU.
e. Click Next.
9. In the Ready to complete context, review the settings, and then click Finish.
10. Complete deployment by powering on the created HYCU VM and setting network parameters from the console.