Deploy and initial config DDVE

I will be deploying DellEMC Data Domain Virtual Edition (DDVE) version In the next post, I’ll deploy Power Protect Data Manager 19.5 to connect to DDVE.

Login to vCenter and deploy the DDVE OVA filename: ddve-

Give DDVE VM a name.

Select your compute resource.

Review details and click Next.

Select the amount of resources to give the VM. I am going to give it 4 vCPU’s with 16GB memory.

Select the datastore for the VM. I have a Datastore cluster I will pick.

Put the VM nics on your data protection network if you have one. I will also leave the IP allocation to Static for now. During the initial configuration, one interface will be DHCP and one will be Static.

Review details and click Finish.

Once the DDVE VM has been deployed, we will want to add a storage device to it. I like to give the data drive it’s own secondary SCSI controller. So, I will add a new paravirtual SCSI controller and a 500GB vmdk.

Right click the VM after it’s been deployed and select edit VM settings.

Add the SCSI controller and change type to paravirtual scsi to match SCSI controller 0.

VMware Paravirtual SCSI controller.

Add hard drive (vmdk).

Select the hard drive and change the size to 500 GB and also change the connection to the new SCSI Controller.

After the new VMDK hard drive has been added it will look like below. Adding the hard drive is needed as it will be used for the data to be stored.

Power On the DDVE VM.

After we add a storage device we will power it on and go to the given DHCP IP, port 443.

Opening a browser and going to https://<ip_address>:443

Login as sysadmin and default password of changeme

It will ask us to apply our license or use the pre-installed eval license. I will accept the Eval license and click Apply.

Read and accept the EULA.

Configure the network by selecting Yes. I want to set up one of the interfaces to be a static IP.

Update the hostname / domain name and gateway as desired.

Set the static IP and netmask as desired and click Next.

One interface must be DHCP as we see on the next screen. Click Next to continue.

Review details and click submit.

It will apply the updates and let you know if there’s any issues.

If you changed the IP you were connected to, you can also connect on the other DHCP IP to get to the GUI. If you want, you can continue on the static IP or the DHCP IP. I am going to disconnect and continue on the static IP and it brings me back to the Apply Your License screen, but that’s OK. I’ll just accept and continue to pick up on the config wizard. This time, i’ll say No to configuring the network as we just did that. We could say Yes if we want to review, but I’ll say No and continue.

Select Yes to configure the File System.

Select the 500GB virtual drive we added to the VM. and select Add to Tier.

Click Next once you’ve added the disk to the Active Tier.

I will not be configuring a cloud tier at this time. I will click on Next to continue with no Cloud Tier.

Select a protocol for backup. I will choose DD Boost for backup protocol. It will run an assessment to ensure there’s enough throughput / IOPs to meet performance requirement.

Review the storage performance assessment and click Next.

If one clicks on the “View Assessment Qualification Requirements” link, you’ll see the more details. If you were expecting different numbers, perhaps make some adjustments and click rerun deployment assessment tool. That might include a Storage vMotion of the VM to something faster. I’m going to click Close and Next to continue.

Enable the file system and click submit. It will create and enable the file system for that storage device we added.

Click OK after file system has been created and enabled.

Do we want to configure system settings? I don’t know. Let’s click Yes.

Change the default password and set the administrator email address. You can enable or disable email alerts once you put an email address in.

Update the mail server IP or FQDN. Give DDVE a location if desired.

Review details of system summary and click Submit.

Once you click submit go ahead and click OK on the following screen.

Next it will ask me to configure DD Boost Protocol. Sure, let’s click Yes.

I am going to add a user for the storage unit called ddboost. Note: When making the connection to PowerProtect Data Manager, it failed with non-admin rights. I later adjust the rights of the ddboost user I create here to a limited-admin role.

I’m going to create a user called ddboost and give it a password and select Next.

Select Submit to accept.

DD Boost has been configured.

We could configure CIFS or NFS, but I’ve already selected DD Boost and that’s good enough for me at this moment. I am going to say No to additional configuration steps for CIFS and NFS steps.

We now have Data Domain Virtual Edition up and running.


Later on, when making the connection to PPDM, I came back into DDVE and adjust the credentials for my user called ddboost to a limited-admin role. In order to do this, I had to create a new user i’m calling ppuser, as a holding username, for the Storage Unit owner. I flip the Storage Unit owner from ddboost to ppuser, adjust the rights of ddboost, then go back to Storage Units and change the owner back to ddboost.

Under Administration > Access > Local Users, we can create and modify users.


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I do stuff in the datacenter.

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