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VMware vSphere: VMware VDP configuration steps

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.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration login

We can access using the following credential:

Username: root

Password: changeme

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration login page

We are now ready to proceed with the configuration utility.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration wizard

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.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration network settings

Let’s select the desired Timezone.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration time zone

We can ow specify a new password for the root account.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration credentials

We can now connect to the vCenter and test the connection before proceeding.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration registration

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.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration create storage

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.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration device allocation

This are the minimum requirements in terms of CPU and RAM memory. Increase these according to your environment.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration CPU and memory

Choose if you want to participate to Product Improvement program.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration Product improvement

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.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration ready to complete

At this point the settings are committed.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration confirm changes

As per screenshot the wizard is ready to complete the VMware VDP configuration.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration wizard running

At this point all settings are committed and the appliance will reboot.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration 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.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration vCenter

When selecting the VDP at this point we are ready to connect and register the vCenter to the desired VMware VDP appliance.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration vCenter registration

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.

domalab.com VMware VDP configuration dashboard

next article will provide an overview of the VMware VDP general settings.

About the author

Michele Domanico

Passionate about Virtualization, Storage, Data Availability and Software Defined Data Center technologies. The aim of Domalab.com 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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