In this part of the article we’ll proceed with the first setup of the VMware VDP configuration. Details about the pre-installation steps are available here. So after the first boot from the console view we can review more importantly the IP address manually/automatically assigned to the appliance, login locally to the appliance or even set the Timezone. As we’ll see later on the correct NTP services and Timezone configuration are key to avoid issues with the installation.
The appliance also provide a web based wizard which comes very handy for first time VMware VDP configuration. So all we need to do is to browse to the https:// <VDP-IP-Address:8543/vdp-configure> which is the default location where to access the configuration utility.
We can access using the following credential:
We are now ready to proceed with the configuration utility.
Let’s provide or confirm the required IP settings. Also I would suggest to confirm FQDN name resolution for both vCenter and VMware VDP configuration appliance is working as expected making sure that at least they have similar response time.
Let’s select the desired Timezone.
We can ow specify a new password for the root account.
We can now connect to the vCenter and test the connection before proceeding.
At this point we can specify the storage installation type depending on our requirements. The storage can be increased later on and grows up to increments of 1 TB.
For the purpose of this testing installation I will leave the option to store the additional Disks (3 disks just for backup storage) that will be created together with the “System Disks” within the appliance.
Or alternatively it is possible to specify the location where the 3 Disks will be created in separate Datastores. I will cover more on the topic in a dedicated post.
This are the minimum requirements in terms of CPU and RAM memory. Increase these according to your environment.
Choose if you want to participate to Product Improvement program.
Ideally we can run the performance analysis but it is not mandatory at this point. it can be run later on after the wizard has completed. as depending on the storage available can take a long time.
At this point the settings are committed.
As per screenshot the wizard is ready to complete the VMware VDP configuration.
At this point all settings are committed and the appliance will reboot.
After the reboot is completed allow a couple more minutes and in the vCenter you should be able to see a new icon available as per screenshot below.
When selecting the VDP at this point we are ready to connect and register the vCenter to the desired VMware VDP appliance.
If everything goes well we should see the Getting Started page from where we can configure Backup /Restore and other settings which will be covered in separated articles.
next article will provide an overview of the VMware VDP general settings.