vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is an easy-to-deploy, Linux-based virtual appliance that leverages EMC Avamar to provide a disk-based backup of the virtual machines. Two deployment options are available. The first option is VDP, which is included free with VMware Essential Plus or a higher licensing, and the second is VDP Advanced (VDPA), which is a separately licensed product. VDP facilitates deduplicated, full virtual machine image backups. These backups can be replicated to a remote Avamar grid or to another VDP appliance. VDPA includes agents for the message-level backups of Microsoft Exchange and the database backups of Microsoft SQL Server.
In order to deploy VDP, perform the following steps: