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VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Evaluation Videos

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) was introduced with vSphere 5.1. VDP is ideally suited to protect small environments with enterprise-class backup and de-duplication technology. Each VDP virtual appliance scales up to 2TB of de-duplicated storage or 100 protected VMs and leverages EMC Avamar’s variable-length de-duplication algorithm to deliver de-duplication rates as high as 99%.

VDP is easy to use and is managed directly from the vSphere Web Client, allowing administrators to quickly setup their backup policies and manage backups. To further demonstrate this, a series of three short evaluation videos have been created. For best results, view the videos full-screen at 720p HD. The first video shows installation and configuration of the VDP appliance…

The second video demonstrates creating and editing VDP backup jobs using the vSphere Web Client…

The third and final video walks us through restoring a virtual machine and performing a file-level restore…

Hopefully, you have found these videos useful. I am very interested in feedback you have around VDP and, particularly, this video format. Was the length of these videos good? Was enough information provided to help determine whether VDP may be a good fit for your environment? What else should we include in these types of videos or should we leave certain aspects out? Thank you.



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Jeff Hunter

About Jeff Hunter

Jeff Hunter is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect at VMware focusing on availability solutions. Jeff has been with VMware since 2007. Prior to VMware, Jeff spent several years in a systems engineer role expanding the virtual infrastructures at a regional bank and a Fortune 500 insurance company.

20 thoughts on “VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Evaluation Videos

  1. hank

    I try to intall the VDP appliance and could not connect to the vcenter Server.
    I have seen that you use a “root” account in the registration tab.
    Is that “root” the appliance account or from the vcenter server?


    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      That is the root account of the vCenter Server virtual appliance. As for connection issues, make sure vCenter Server and your vSphere hosts all have DNS host records. Then, create a DNS host record for the VDP appliance -before- deploying the VDP .ova file.

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  4. JJ


    I would like to know if I deploy a 2TB VDP appliance, is it possible to backup a thin/thick provisioned VM greater than 2TB.


    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      It is possible thanks to the de-duplication feature in VDP. To start, it might make sense to dedicate a VDP appliance just to that very large VM – just to see how much de-duplication is initially performed. If, after the backup job for that VM has ran several times, you still have available capacity in the VDP destination datastore, then you can add additional VMs to the backup job. I would be very interested to hear how efficient de-dup is for that large VM – would you mind posting your findings here after you have been backing up the VM with VDP for a while? Thank you.

  5. hem

    i have a some questions here ..

    1:–suppose i have a backup job of 10 VM with retension period of 7 days ..

    Job1 — 10 VmS backup data 1 Jan .. expires expier on 7 jan –job is successful

    now above job in his 2nd run on 7th Jan is failed, will all my images will expires

    or that will be available ..


    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      Restore points from successful backup jobs that have not been expired by the retention policy should still be available even though the most recent backup job failed. This, of course, is dependent on why the latest job failed, but generally speaking, failure of one backup job should not corrupt all restore points for that backup job.

      1. hem

        Hi Jeff,

        Suppose I have a backup job which run only once in a month with retention of 30 day ..which is successful on say 1 Dec ..Next Run is 1Jan

        and somehow my 1Jan job is failed , will my image got expire as per retension policy or there will be at least one copy will be available at all the time ..


        1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

          Hi HeM,

          The retention policy will expire restore points regardless of whether backup jobs are successful or not.


          1. kien

            if i want to restore my VMs with expired restore point, (my last restore point failed) it available or not ? what would i do to restore my VMs in this case?

  6. Tomas Lavicky

    along to used capacity of our VDP exceeded 80% I changed retention policy from default 60days to scheduled 10 days + 4 weeks + 3 months + 1 year. I supposed backups (restore points) not fit this policy (eg 11-13 + 15-20 … days old) would be deleted automatically. But new backups are added and all old ones stay. I had to remove them manually.
    What is the mechanism of retention policy, please? Is any document descibing it?
    Thans for the answer

    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      Data that has been expired by a retention policy is cleaned up during the blackout window. Some information about retention policies and the blackout window can be found in the VDP 5.1 Admin Guide (pages 32+ and 37+). If this issue persists, please open a SR with VMware Support. Please reply back and let us know what you found out once the issue is resolved. Thank you.

      1. Tomas Lavicky

        Hi, sorry for delay – too busy before Christmas and out of net then.

        It looks like VDP needs some time to recognise changeds in retention policy. Backups created after change are deleted well. Some older ones remain and probably I’ll have to delete them by myself. I’ll wait a little more and see.

  7. HeM

    Hi Jeff,

    can we manage VDP using Vmware Powercli .. if yes .. where can I get related information ..

    Thanks … Hem

      1. HeM

        HI Jeff,

        what is Bytes Protected:and Bytes Deduped in VDP report ..

        also How can I get custom report .. for example I want a report of backup failed client in last 24 HR or I want a report of how many client successful backup in last 24 HR .. how I do that ..

        Thanks ..HeM


        1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

          Hi HeM,

          Bytes Protected shows how much data has been backed up. For example, if you have 5 VMs each with 20GB, Bytes Protected would show 100GB. Bytes Deduped shows the actual amount of storage consumed in the VDP appliance by this data after de-duplication.

          There is no way I am aware of to do a custom report at this time. I will take this feedback and pass it along to product management. Thank you.


          1. HeM

            HI jeff —

            in VDP Configuration-storage summery

            waht is meaning for
            Deduplicated size & non-deduplicated size

  8. HeM

    HI Jeff

    I have 6 VDP appliances, now I want to remove one Appliance.. Can you please let me know what is process for that.. How can I remove safely only one appliance without disturbing to other appliance?

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