How to: Upgrading DellEMC PowerProtect

In this blog post, I will show how easy it is to upgrade a PowerProtect Virtual Instance running within VMware. If you have ever administered Avamar before, you know just how painful it can be to upgrade.

It consisted of:

    1. Open a SR
    2. Performing a health check
    3. Downloading several RPM files that were GBs in size,
    4. Uploading those files to the node
    5. Running Prechecks (Better Hope you Checkpoint didn’t fail)
    6. Making sure your Data Domain on a code that was compatible with Avamar
    7. Taking a Checkpoint, stopping all backup jobs, Replication jobs, etc

Normally this would take several hours. Then once that was done (if you didn’t have any issues with the file system), you would ensure GSAN and MCS is working. To say the process was easy would be an understatement. The process often took weeks to plan and execute.

Thankfully, upgrading the PowerProtect Data Manager is much easier. I was able to download the patch, upgrade the appliance and resume backups in about an hour.

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To get started log into the appliance.

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Select Upgrade.

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Select Upload Package.

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Select the previously download package, and select Open.

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The file will now upload.

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The upload may take several minutes.

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Once you get confirmation the package has been uploaded, select OK.

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You will now see a prompt to upgrade. When you select “Upgrade” the process, which includes VMware taking a snapshot of the server, begin. The snapshot will allow you to roll back if issues are experienced during the upgrade.

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The final confirmation includes putting the Lockbox Passphrase in (normally the same as Root).

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Select YES to confirm the upgrade process.

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The upgrade process now begins. Do not interrupt the process.

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You will now see the Upgrade status displayed. This process may take several minutes to complete.

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Continue to monitor and watch the install progress as each RPM is installed.

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Once the upgrade has been completed, at 100%, you can refresh the page if it doesn’t redirect you to the PowerProtect main screen. Once that completes, you have been upgraded.

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.

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How to: Deploying DellEMC PowerProtect

PowerProtect is a Software defined data management software from DellEMC. It comes in two different variants, a hardware appliance with storage and a Virtual edition. The Virtual Edition must be pointed to a Data Domain. This software has been written from the ground up, and mainly competes against Rubrik and Cohesity. PowerProtect uses protection policies to protect assets. This software has been written from the ground up, and appears to have address a lot of the shortcomings that newer backup vendors poke DellEMC for. Personally (my open unofficial opinion), I believe this solution will eventually replace traditional Avamar/Data Domain/IDPA.

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How to: Upgrading your Data Domain OS (DDOS)

How to upgrade your Data Domain OS (DDOS)

Recently I was hit with an email indicating that my Data Domain had experienced a file system panic. The end result was a file system reboot during during backups.

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Alerts History

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Id     Post Time                  Clear Time                 Severity   Class        Object   Message

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m0-5   Tue Mar 13 18:29:28 2018   Tue Mar 13 18:29:48 2018   ERROR      Filesystem            EVT-FILESYS-00008: Filesystem has encountered an error and is restarting.

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There is 1 historic alert.

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After working with support, it was determined that the issue was due to an issue with memory allocation. I was given the below KB regarding my issue.

“DataDomain FS process (ddfs) may crash with memory allocation failures, but available memory still exists: https://support.emc.com/kb/489444

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How to: “Space is running low in /ddvar. Please clear space or core dump capability will be disabled.” on Data Domain

“Space is running low in /ddvar. Please clear space or core dump capability will be disabled.”

Today I stumbled upon an interesting issue while prepping for a Data Domain upgrade. The first step taken to prepare for a Data Domain OS upgrade is to reboot the appliance beforehand. This ensures no issues are present before upgrading. If issues are present, they will most likely be brought to light before the upgrade. This is especially important if your system has been up for an extended period of time!

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How to: Back up your vCenter Server Appliance

In my opinion, one of the best features within the 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance is the ability to perform backups from the appliance itself (natively). No agents, snapshots or scripts required. It really is quite simple, and I’m glad VMware added this additional feature. How many times have you heard someone explain the importance of backups?

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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.

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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.

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Select download

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The download file should start downloading

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