When you install the Mirage server, the installation wizard prompts you to configure certain options. Prepare your configuration options before you install the Mirage server.

Table 1. Configuration Options for Installing the Mirage Server



Your Value

SQL server name and instance

Select the SQL server name and instance.

  • SQLEXPRESS is defined as the default SQL instance for the SQL Server Express edition.

  • You can type the server name without an SQL instance when using a default unnamed instance such as SQL Standard. Alternatively, you can type the SQL instance name that is configured in your environment.

  • MSSQL is defined as the default SQL instance for the SQL Server Enterprise edition.

  • Use the default SQL instance name if your Microsoft SQL Server edition was installed with default options, or the custom instance name if you defined a custom name.

Local cache areas

Select the Create new local cache area check box to allocate a new local cache area. If not selected, the installer attempts to use existing cache data.

Do not select the Create new storage areas check box when upgrading the Mirage server. If you select this option and the path of the original storage area is entered, the local cache of the server itself is deleted. This might result in short-time performance penalties as the cache has to be refilled.

Name of the Mirage server local cache folder

The path to where the local cache is stored if different from the default. A default path is provided.

Size of local cache in MB

A cache size of 100GB (102400MB) is recommended.


The default port for client-server communication is 8000.

If you change the port, additional firewall rules might be required to open the port.

Encryption type

You can select to have an SSL certificate to have clients communicate with the server using SSL encryption.

SSL encryption requires the Certificate Subject and Certificate Issuer values.

Typically, the Certificate Subject is the FQDN of the Mirage server, and the Certificate Issuer is a known entity like VeriSign. You can leave the Certificate Issuer text box blank if only one certificate is installed on this server.

Services account configuration

You can use a local system account or a specific user account.

You can only use a local system account if all of the components are installed on the same machine. The components are the Mirage Management server, the Mirage server, the SQL server, and the Mirage volume.

If these components are not installed on the same machine, you must use a specific user account.

Use of a specific ser account requires use of login credentials.

VMware recommends running the Mirage service a specific user account.