How to: Protecting Workloads with PowerProtect

In a previous blog post, I stated how to deploy DellEMC PowerProtect. However, once PowerProtect is deployed you must add a workload in order to start protecting data. In this blog post, I will show you the steps required in order to protect VM workloads within VMware.

It’s important to note you must connect the PowerProtect to a back end DataDomain. In this example, I will be using a recently deployed Data Domain Virtual Edition.

*NOTE* You must have a Data Domain deployed and ready to connect to. I have already done this step. If you need a walk through on this, check out my previous blog post, which describes the steps needed to deploy DDVE. 



First, log into the PowerProtect interface using the FQDN or IP.


On the left hand side, click Infrastructure, then Asset Sources, select vCenter, then “ADD”. ”


Name the vCenter connection, enter the FQDN or IP of vCenter, enter your vCenter Credentials. Underneath Discovery, Verify the Certificate.


Accept the certificate.


Once the certificate is verified, select SAVE.


The connection to vCenter is now attempted.


You should see an added asset once vCenter has been added successfully. Now that we have added a vCenter connection successfully, we need to add the Data Domain to give PowerProtect a place to land data to.


Next, on the left hand side, select Storage. Then click ADD. Add the FQDN or IP of the DataDomain. Enter the credentials of the Data Domain. In this case, I am using Sysadmin.


Accept the Verify Certificate when prompted.


Once the certificate has been verified, select SAVE.


The PowerProtect appliance will now add the DataDomain as a target for landing data.


If successful, you should see the DDVE listed under name of Protection Storage.


Now that vCenter and DDVE has been added, we need to create a protection policy to start protecting workloads. In the middle of the Screen select “ADD” Under “No Protection Policies Found”


Name the Backup Policy and give it a description. Select type as “Virtual Machine”. You can also see the numerous types of Backups you can do with PowerProtect.


Next, Select how you want the backup to perform backups, either crash consistent or Application Aware. Application Aware requires credentials to that system.


Select the VMs you wish to protect. Click next to continue.


Next, select and create a backup schedule for the protection policy.


Once confirmed, select OK.


The backup policy is now ready to finish configuring, select next.


Finally, select Finish.


The job now kicks off, and you can monitor the backup by selecting “Go to Jobs”.


Your backup policy now kicks off, and you can see the progress in the right hand side. You are now protecting VM workloads, and writing and storing these backups on a Data Domain Virtual Edition.


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