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Zmanda VM for Trials

Zmanda Backup Server Virtual Machine is available for prospects who are evaluating Amanda Enterprise. This virtual machine has Amanda Enterprise server and client, and dependencies installed. It includes both Amanda server and client packages. All Amanda pre-requisites to perform file system backups to disk are installed. Additional packages might be required for backups of other applications/databases. 

The Trial virtual machine uses 64bit CentOS 5.6 distribution.  It requires about 50GB of disk space.

This virtual machine should not be used in PRODUCTION and must be used only for trial purposes.

The virtual machine image is available in OVF (.ova) format. This image works on VMware ESX 4.x and ESX 5.x

Starting the virtual machine

  • Download the images from Zmanda Network to the machine where Vmware vSphere or vCenter console is running.
  • Importing Trial VM image into Vmware 
    • Vmware ESX 4.x or 5.x : To import .ova file, In the vSphere Client, select File-> Deploy OVF Template.  Specify the source location in Deploy from a File or URL . Select the host where you want to deploy the ZBA. You will also have select the datastore for the ZBA virtual machine. Select the disk format as Thin Provisioned. When click Finish, the virtual machine will be imported. Click on Power on the virtual machine to boot the virtual machine from the vSphere Client panel.
    • Free version of VMware : Please use VMware ovftool. Please see OVF Tool User Guide for instructions to import OVF files.

Backup Server Configuration

  • When the virtual machine has booted up, you will be connect to the Zmanda Management Console to manage the backup set configuration. When the virtual machine, please set the timezone correctly. See the figure below on how to set timezone:


  • The root password for the virtual machine is zmanda  Please change the password before deploying it in production.
  • The host name of the virtual machine ae3-eval  and it will obtain an IP address using dhcp. Please make sure ae3-eval is added to the name server or resolvable using /etc/hosts file.
  • Access https://<ip address of this virtual machine>:443/ from Firefox or Google Chrome to connect to the Zmanda Management Console (ZMC) running on the virtual machine. ZMC default user and password is admin and admin respectively.
  • Please download and install the Amanda Enterprise license file from Zmanda Network (Click Downloads tab after logging into Zmanda Network). The license file has to be installed on the Virtual machine as /etc/zmanda/zmanda_license for the Zmanda Management Console to work.
  • After logging to ZMC,  navigate to Admin|Preferences page, click on Advanced Options section at the bottom of the page. set the Time Zone (Region/City) to appropriate TZ value.  List of values are shown in the Wikipedia page. After setting the time zone in ZMC, you will have restart ZMC services. To restart ZMC services, please run
# /etc/init.d/zmc_aee restart

Configuring backups to cloud

When you are configuring backups to cloud, it is important to maintain correct time on the Virtual machine. Backups will fail if there is a time skew. Please follow VMware Knowledgebase article on how to keep time on VMware.