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EMC Data Domain–DD2500 – Part 1 (It’s All New To Me)

We’ve recently acquired a new Data Domain DD2500 at the office. While the concepts and features are known to me, the nuts and bolts aren’t – yet. As I started making my own cheat sheet to share with my team, I figured I’d make a public list in case I’m not the first man to invent fire or the wheel. If you’ve fallen into a pothole and can steer me clear, let me know. Or, if sometime down the road, someone following in my footsteps has similar questions, hopefully this helps them out.

I’m expecting to have a few upcoming posts related to this installation. At this point, it looks like they’d be:

· Documentation, Downloads, and Getting Started (You Are Here!)
· First Time Setup – which appears pretty straightforward
· First Tests – getting some usable data onto the unit, and checking performance, expectations, compression ratios, etc.
· Configuring application integration – Symantec NetBackup, Symantec Enterprise Vault, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange, Veeam Backup & Recovery, etc.
· SNMP Monitoring of a DD2500 system

So with that in mind, my cheat sheet of documentation and downloads (Note:  You’ll need an EMC Support Site login to access these documents, I’m sure.):

Data Domain DD2500 Installation and Setup Guide
Start here of course. The best parts of the document are:

Where to Go for More Information:

Setup Worksheet:
Which will help you plan your out of box deployment.

Data Domain Operating System v5.4.2.1 Release Notes
If you’re going to upgrade, you should read the Release Notes first.

Data Domain Operating System v5.4:
Get yourself familiar with the Administration Guide. Good read while you’re waiting for cables and such to arrive if you need them.

Data Domain Operating System Command Reference Guide v5.4:

Data Domain DD2500 Hardware Overview:
If you like to geek out over the guts and such.

Data Domain and Symantec NetBackup v7.0 and Later Integration Guide:
We do run v7.x in our environment, so this will be good to know.

Data Domain Boost for Symantec OpenStorage:
I think this is the “OST” support that is needed if you need NBU to do D2D2T backups with DataDomain in the mix and DDBoost enabled. More research required.

Data Domain and Symantec Enterprise Vault Integration Guide:
We also run Enterprise Vault.

Data Domain and Silver Peak VXOA Integration Guide:
Not only have I been trialing Silver Peak, but it means a potential replacement to Cisco WAAS. You have my attention!

vRanger v5.x/v6.x on Data Domain Integration Guide:
Please, shoot me now.

CIFS and Data Domain Systems Technical Notes:

DD OS USB Installation Guide:
Is this how I’d reload the OS from bare metal? Maybe I CAN pick up a used one on eBay (wonder how the licencing works and if it’s transferrable, etc)

Data Domain DD OS v5.4.0.8 Software Installation:
This is what you’ll use to install the OS if required. Note that v5.4.2.1 above is “Directed Availability” which means “If you’ve been told to use then, then do so. If not, don’t touch.” Effectively, this would seem to be HotFix or First Availability software…

SNMP MIB for DD OS v5.4.0.8:
You ARE, after all, monitoring your new Data Domain system?

Data Domain Boost for Microsoft Applications:
If you’re looking to have you SQL DBA’s use SQL Agent based backups direct to the Data Domain using DDBoost, this is for you/them.

And that’s it for the moment.  I started by looking for the setup worksheet and general Administration Guide – then fell down a rabbit hole. 

Categories: DataDomain, DD2500, EMC, Hardware
  1. August 31, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Thank you sooo much, I have been searching for an implementation guide that included the setup worksheet and where to get the best practices

    • August 31, 2016 at 11:57 AM

      Glad to help! I just inherited a DD565 so I’ll probably be referring back to these notes myself in a bit.

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