One takeaway from my trip to EMCWorld 2016 was that I needed to try out the new (ish) Data Domain Management Center (DDMC) to better manage my two Data Domain appliances and gain insight into better reporting.
EMC Data Domain Management Center is a scalable virtual appliance that
streamlines management and reporting in large Data Domain environments,
enabling aggregate management of multiple systems through a single interface.
Customizable dashboards provide visibility into aggregate status and the ability to
drill-down to system-level details. Role based access allows different levels of
access via assigned user roles for various levels of expertise within the
Step 1: Request the DDMC
The DDMC is a virtual appliance and the license is FREE. You do, however, have to request a $0 purchase order from your EMC BRS rep. Shoot them an email to get the process started. It took about a week for me to get my license after I approved the order.
Step 2: Download the DDMC
- Login to EMC Support at https://support.emc.com
- On the top bar, click Downloads.
- Click All Products A-Z
- Find the “D” section and click Data Domain Management Center.
- On the left side, plus out the latest version and find the release on the right side. At the time of this post, I am downloading DDMC 184.108.40.206.
- Once you click the link, you thought you were close, but you’re not. It takes to the “Feedback Central” system, which is also their beta system.
- Click Access Downloads.
- If you have not yet joined EMC FeedbackCentral, you need to create a new, separate account for this that is not the same as your EMC support account.
- Once you are on the DDMC Page, you see Overview and Resources tabs. Click Resources.
- I chose the vCenter Installation package. Then click the ZIP file.
- You’ll then be prompted to accept all sorts of legalease for you can download the file, but then the 1.2GB file starts downloading.
- Then extract the ZIP File.
Step 3: Install the OVF into vCenter
- Login to the vCenter web client to your vCenter
- Navigate to the folder location where you want to deploy the OVA and right click on it, and choose Deploy OVF Template.
- Click Local – then browse – Select the OVF file in the extracted Zip file folder.
- Follow the remaining steps, including the configuration step where you chose how many Data Domain systems you have. (Also, I would choose Thin Provision)
- I chose a “small system” (1-25) on step 2B.
- Then on step 2F, I was prompted to enter a Serial Number. I received about 100 serial numbers in the purchase order from EMC, so just enter one of those.
- Fill out all the info on the customize tab, including email alerts, mail servers, etc.
- Finally, I selected “power on after deployment” and Chose Finish.
Step 4: Configure the DDMC
- Open a web browser to http://(yourDDMCIP)/ddmc/login/
- Login with default credentials of sysadmin and changeme
- You are then prompted to change the password.
- First I would do a little cleanup under Administration> Settings.
- Under Access > Administrator Access — Disable HTTP (it will restart the DDMC and you may need to refresh the page/re-logon).
- Under Authentication, you can add your AD logons.
- If you want to modify the default alert settings, you can do so under the Alerts tab.
- Under General > Date and Time Settings, You’ll want to click More Tasks and Configure Time Settings to setup an NTP server.
- Now in DNS, make sure you have a CNAME entry for your DDMC hostname pointing to the IP address of the DDMC.
Step 5: Add your Data Domains to inventory.
- On the bottom left, click Systems under Inventory.
- Click Add.
- Add your DD Systems by host name and also type in the sysadmin password. Click Register.
- That’s it!
Give it a few minutes and it will sync all the data from your appliances into the DDMC.
You can also refer to the official EMC Documentation page here for DDMC.