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Register a VMware virtual machine

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Before a VMware virtual machine (VM) can be backed up, it must be registered with the Cloud Failover Appliance (CFA).

Registering a VM will result in a client being created for it. Once created, you can edit the clients to set options governing the VM backup and restore attributes such as deduplication, archiving, job recycling, and other.


Automatic registration allows the CFA to automatically detect and register all VMs currently available via a VMware connection and all VMs that will be available via the connection in future.

You can turn on automatic registration of the VMs when adding a VMware connection to the CFA or when editing properties of a VMware connection added previously.

Note that if you select this option, and then unregister a VM manually later, the VM will be excluded from automatic registration in the future.


To register a VM manually:

  1. In the CFA Management Console, go to ClientsVMware.

  2. Select a non-registered VM on the list.

  3. Click Register on the actions toolbar, or right-click the selected VM, and then click Register in the context menu.

    Register VM action

    The Register Virtual Machines dialog opens.

  4. In the open dialog, click Yes to register the VM, and wait for the process to complete.

    Register VM options

  5. Click Activate configuration to apply changes.

    Activate configuration

    The CFA registers the VM, and creates a client for it. Go to ClientsVMware to view the newly created client, and to edit client configuration settings if necessary.