Data Domain VE Install and configuration

Here we are with the second part about the first time Data Domain VE install and configuration in our home lab. Before proceeding you might want to take a look at the first part of the article about deployment of the Data Domain Virtual Edition appliance.

After powering on the appliance let’s take a note of the assigned IP address from the Summary Tab in the vCenter Web Client. Let’s open a new tab in the browser and point to this one using http protocol. Data Domain VE install virtual appliance

The default username and password are “sysadmin” and “changeme”. Data Domain VE install login

Let’s now browse to the location where we extracted the content of the zip. Until a valid license is applied all the features are locked. This includes the evaluation license as well that puts a limitation just on the data capacity (0.5 TB) rather than functionalities, services or time expirations. Data Domain VE install license

We are now ready to start with the wizard. If by any chance you want to rerun the wizard it can be done from the GUI under the Maintenance section or through command line by simply issuing:

“config setup”

So at this point let’s select Yes to configure the Network for our Data Domain VE install. Data Domain VE install wizard

Let’s provide the required information. Data Domain VE install general settings

As per screenshot below we can configure multiple vNICs (up to 8 supported!) If GW is not specified the default one based on IP Address will be associated. Data Domain VE install network interface

As per screenshot below let’s provide the details. Data Domain VE install DNS

And finally a summary to confirm the changes before committing. Data Domain VE install network summary

Configuration changes are now applied. Data Domain VE install storage

We can now proceed with the Storage and File System creation. Data Domain VE install file system

First we need to add the available Disk as per previous article. 200GB in my case. Data Domain VE install disk add

Since this is a first time deployment let’s run the Assessment for the Data Domain VE install. Data Domain VE install disk assessment

The deployment assessment tool now runs as per screenshot below. Data Domain VE install assessing the deployment

Even though the assessment identified the environment not to be suitable for creating the file system later on does not mean we cannot progress with our installation. Of course this is a reminder for storage performances and wouldn’t affect the rest of the configuration wizard. Considering this is a home lab for testing scenarios it is not defeating the purpose of this deployment. Data Domain VE install assessment result

Since this is the first Disk that has been added there is a base overhead of about 120 GB. All the subsequent Disks will have only a 5.6% of overhead. Let’s make sure the File System creation option is checked. alternatively from the command line we can issue:

“filesys create” and after “filesys enable” Data Domain VE install file system create

For additional System settings like the Administrator password and the mail server setting we can proceed with the next step of the wizard as shown below. Data Domain VE install system settings

As per screenshot below we can define the new password and email recipient address for the sysadmin account. Data Domain VE install sysadmin settings

As per screenshot below. Data Domain VE install email location

And a final summary to confirm the desired settings. Data Domain VE install summary

The System Settings successfully updated. Data Domain VE install task complete

At this point we can consider complete the initial steps fir installing and configuring the Data Domain virtual edition. In the next articles I would like to cover the configuration of CIFS and NFS storage protocol and how to extend the storage plus the integration with third parties Backup solutions like the VMware VDP and Veeam Backup to name a few.

About the author

Michele Domanico

Passionate about Virtualization, Storage, Data Availability and Software Defined Data Center technologies. The aim of is sharing with the Community the knowledge and experience gained with customers, industry leaders and like minded peers. Always open to constructive feedback and new challenges.

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