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VMware: VMware Data Recovery also without connecting vCenter directly

Just seeing that I can use VMware Data Recovery (VDR) without connecting vCenter by vSphere client, I only connect to the ESX host. You need only install the VMware Data Recovery Plugin into your VMware vSphere Client and you can manage your backups.


Little note: vCenter must be online!



ESX Host:

ESX vCenter Server:

More VDR information: VMware


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  1. vadimo
    September 9th, 2009  (Quote) at 15:44  (Quote) | #1

    Hi Sander,
    I have successfully installed Data Recovery Plugin but I do not have vCenter at all. When on the second stage I imported the .ovf-template and deployed the Data Recovery machine, it successfully started first time and appeared accessible via https. when I added an additional HDD to the machine and restarted, I saw only a black screen in console of the machine 🙁
    Strange, but it’s still accessible through https 🙂
    I also can manage jobs but my only job does not start. In Report I see: Connected to ESX Server, automated backups will not be performed.
    It’s all because of the absence of vCenter deployed?
    Thnx in advance

  2. santosh
    September 13th, 2010  (Quote) at 06:28  (Quote) | #2

    I have tested Vmware Data recovert 1.2 without Vmware vcenter & it works without issues… I do nt have Vmware vcenter server.. I have installed it on my data center plugin on my laptop, imported ovf file & configure backup location that’s it.. it works..

  3. woosh
    October 30th, 2011  (Quote) at 10:47  (Quote) | #3

    Does it work with scheduled task ?

  4. Anna
    July 24th, 2015  (Quote) at 10:19  (Quote) | #4

    Wow, that’s what I was searching for!

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