Lab 4

VMware vSphere Data Protection

Lab Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

Lab Skill level: Basic


In this lab you will use VMware vDP (vSphere Data Protection), the bundled backup software based on EMC Avamar technology, to backup and restore a virtual machine and restore a file from a virtual machine.

The goal of this lab is for you to get to know the new vDP product as it is probably bundled with your existing vSphere licensing, and may be a proper solution for your environment.


It is recommended that lab users have some familiarity with VMware vCloud Director, therefore Lab 0 – Intro to vCloud Director is recommended before taking any other labs.

This lab uses the VMware vSphere Web Interface exclusively, therefore lab users should be familiar with it. Lab 1 is a suggested prerequisite, but not required.

Tasks Include:

  • Create a backup schedule
  • Backup a VM
  • Monitor a backup job
  • Restore a VM
  • Discuss file level restore with VDP


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