How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Finalizing this month’s series on data protection, I wanted to follow up last week’s blog post on installing Avamar Virtual Edition with this one, which is installing Data Domain Virtual Edition. The two are often married together in Data Protection deployments. Simply put, Avamar is the front end backup engine that has all of backup software, and DataDomain is the landing spot for the backup data.  DataDomain is Dell EMC’s appliance based deduplication device. It is the market leader in purpose-built backup appliances.  Various workloads can be ingested, including data from Avamar, VEEAM, Networker, etc. Like the Avamar VE, DataDomain VE allows you fully take advantage of virtualization in one easy to manage package. The virtual edition is geared towards small-to-medium size environments and/or EDGE locations (ROBO).  With that said, let’s get started!

 

Be sure to check out the system requirements before you proceed.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Dell EMC easily allows anyone to give DataDomain VE a try. To get started, first download the trial copy by heading over to Dell EMC’s website.

In the upper right hand corner, select download for the VMware 0.5TB Try and Buy.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Select download

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

The download file should start downloading

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Once the download is complete, extract the OVA file.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

The extracted contents should show the following contents.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Login to vSphere and deploy OVF from by right clicking the appropriate host/cluster and selecting “Deploy OVF Template”.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Select name and location, then click next.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Select the appropriate cluster or host resource and click next.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Review the details and click next.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Agree to the licence agreement.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Select your configuration. Since this is a test, I am deploying the smallest configuration possible, which is 4TB. *Note you can utilize up to 0.5-4TB. You don’t have to use all 4TB once deployed, you just can’t use more than 4TB. The Evaluation License only allows usage for up to 0.45TB.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Select the appropriate DataStore. *Note since this is a test, I selected thin provisioning. Thin provisioning isn’t officially supported.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Select the appropriate networks, then click next.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

The OVF package will now deploy on the specified host/cluster.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Once deployment has completed successfully, right click the DDVE and select power-on. The system will begin to Initialize.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Initialization will continue for some time.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Once initialization completes, you are welcomed with a DataDomain login screen via the console window. Change the password at this time, then select “no” when prompted to configure system using the GUI wizard. *Important note, hit “enter” to move to the next step or skip that item when working within the console.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

To login, use the default “Sysadmin” login and password, which is “changeme”

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Once logged in successfully, you will be prompted to configure networking. Type “yes” to configure networking. Type “no” to use DHCP. Next, type in your Hostname, domain name, etc.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

When prompted to enable Ethernet port, type “yes”. Select “no” to use DHCP on this Ethernet port. Enter the IP address, netmask, and gateway.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Hit enter to skip IPV6, then enter your DNS servers.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Review the pending network settings and “save” the configuration to complete.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Type “no” when asked to configure eLicense Configuration, then type “yes” when asked to configure system at this time. Type in all relevant system information, such as email, location, mail server, etc.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Finally, once the time zone has been entered, you can save the settings. Type “save”.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Once you have completed these steps, the configuration is finished. You can type in the DNS/IP name of the DDVE into a web browser to connect.  Next, you reach the splash page that requests a license key.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Provide the trial license “eval.lic”  by browsing to the download location that contains the extracted OVA file, then hit “apply”.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Once completed, you can login via the IP/DNS name of the DDVE utilizing a web browser of your choice. The default login is “sysadmin” and the default password is “changeme”

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

We have now successfully deployed the DDVE; however, the setup isn’t complete yet. We must now add additionally hard disk in order to present storage to the system. This will allow us to create and enable to file system. *Note the trial license only allows for 0.5TB, so I’ve gone to my DDVE within vCenter and added two 250GB vmdk hard disk (each with a separate storage controller).  Duplicate these steps within your DDVE instance, then click OK to add the Hard Disks.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

From the main splash screen, select “Data Management” then “File system”.  In the upper left hand corner, select “create”. You will have a window display two hard disk beneath available storage. Select both disk, then click “Add to tier” to add the disk to the “active tier”, then click next.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

You now see the active tier has two SAS devices. Click next. *Note, the eval license only allows for a total of 0.45TB.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

The DDVE will now configure the two VMDKs for the active tier.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Use the assessment if needed, or skip next to continue.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Create the File System by clicking next on Step 3. Ensure enable file system is selected.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

The file system creation process begins.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

This will take some time as the VMDKs get added to the DDVE and the DDVE creates/enables the file system.  Once completed, click close.

《How to: Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition Install on ESXi》

Select dashboard to see the status of the system. You should have green for Replication, CIFS, NFS, and DDBoost. You have successfully deployed your DDVE!

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