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. 

 

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

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

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

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Accept the certificate.

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Once the certificate is verified, select SAVE.

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The connection to vCenter is now attempted.

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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.

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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.

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Accept the Verify Certificate when prompted.

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Once the certificate has been verified, select SAVE.

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

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

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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”

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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.

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

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

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

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Once confirmed, select OK.

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

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Finally, select Finish.

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

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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.