No datastore available in Vmware Data Recovery?

Posted on 2011-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi, I am a bit new to vmware so please bear with me.

I am trying to setup VMWare Data Recovery 2.0 on my VCenter 5 server to backup my vm's on ESX5 server but for some reason there is no datastore available in backup destinations. But I can see all my datastores available when I try to browse datastore on my ESX5. (both local datastore and 3 datastores we have in our HP MSA1000 SAN (Fiber Channel). (See screenshots) Datastore available No destination available in VDR
Hardware in our enviroment:
HP MSA1000 SAN (Fiber Channel) directly attached to ESX5
3x Virtual Disks on the SAN. 1.91TB each formatted as VMFS5. (They are all unused)
1x Local Datastore on ESX5 (This is pretty full, still have approx 400GB left)

Software version:
VCenter 5
VmWare Data Recovery 2.0

I would be really appreciated if someone can help me to troubleshoot this problem.

Thank you.

Question by:Kelvin Leung
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    What you need to do is ADD a new Virtual Machine Disk to the VMware Data Recovery Appliance, this Virtual Machine Disk is stored on one of your Datastores.

    Once you've added and formatted, and mounted this Virtual Machine disk, in the VMware Data Recovery Appliance, it will be available as a resource to Backup to.

    Yes, that's correct, you do NOT backup directly to a Datastore, but to a Virtual Machine disk, which is stored on an ESX datastore, so the backups exist inside or on the Virtual Machine disk, which is attached to the VMware Data Recovery Appliance.

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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    See Page 18 Add a Hard Disk to the Backup Appliance

    (please also note that your MSA1000 is not on the Hardware Compatability List for ESXi 5.0)

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    Dear hanccocka,  Thank you so much for your help.  This was extremely helpful and exactly what we needed.

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    by:Kelvin Leung
    Dear hanccocka,  Thank you so much for your help.  This was extremely helpful and exactly what we needed.

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