Monday, 7 December 2015

Configuring VDP 6.x

Written by Suhas Savkoor



Once you have deployed VDP 6.x from the ovf template, you will have to configure the appliance before using it.

To configure VDP you will have to login to the VDP management page. The address would be:

                       https://<vdp_IP_or_FQDN>:8543/vdp-configure

If you receive the error message, "Server has weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman public key", then follow this article to resolve it.

Step 1:
Once you open the management web page, you will come across this:


Login to the management webpage for VDP configuration.
Username: root
Password: changeme

Once you login, you will encounter VDP configuration wizard.


Step 2:
Click Next and Under network Settings:

1. Enter IPv4 address of VDP appliance
2. Subnet mask and gateway address
3. Primary DNS and an optional secondary DNS.

Add the appliance host-name and Domain. Click Next.



You might receive the following error.


This issue occurs when Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDN), forward lookup, and reverse lookup are not configured, or they are not configured correctly.

To resolve this, add the VDP appliance name and domain in Forward Lookup in your DNS.


Login to DNS manager > Right click Forward Lookup > Add New Host and provide the Name and IP address of the VDP appliance. Make sure Create associated pointer (PTR) record is checked and select Add Host.

Step 3:
Once successfully added. Select a time zone.



Step 4:
Now, you will receive an option to change your default password "changeme" to a required one.



Step 5:
In the next step, you have to register your VDP appliance to your vCenter machine.

1. Enter vCenter Username. This user must have administrative privileges on the vCenter machine
2. Password for this user
3. vCenter IP and click Test connection.

Once Connection is tested successfully, click Next.



Step 6:
Next is a subjective process where you need to create a new storage for the appliance with the desired size.



Step 7:
Select a datastore where your VDP drives must reside. 3 drives are required, so choose an appropriate datastore with sufficient space.



Step 8:
Enter a required value of CPU and Memory or accept the default ones. Do not lower the default CPU and memory values.



Step 9:
Review the changes and apply the changes. Once the changes are done, the VDP appliance has to be rebooted for the changes to be applied.



And that's it. You got your VDP appliance configured.