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vSphere Data Protection 5.1 - Installation Issues

After deploying the new vSphere Data Protection virtual appliance i faced an issue with the login. The root password was neither mentioned during the installation video nor in the quick start guide. I found the password in the administration guide.

For everyone facing the same problem: The standard root password for the vSphere Data Protection 5.1 Appliance is: changeme

During the installation a faced another problem with the language. As you might know, you can set up your prefered language in the settings of your webbrowser. In my case it's german, as i live in Germany. There are some translation issues which might prevent you from getting proper error messages:

This is how you set your browser preferred language in Internet Explorer and Firefox:


  1. Select menu Tools
  2. Select menu item Options
  3. Select tab General
  4. Click button Languages
  5. Use button Move Up, to place English at the top of the list.
  6. Click OK


Internet Explorer

  1. Select menu Tools
  2. Select menu item Internet Options
  3. Select tab General
  4. Use button Move Up, to place English at the top of the list.
  5. Click OK

After setting the language to english the error message was much more meaningful:

Specified user either is not a dedicated VDP user or does not have sufficient vCenter privileges to administer VDP.  Please update your user role and try again.

NOTE: User must not inherit roles from a group.

To resolve this issue you have to create a new dedicated user and assign it the Administrator role.

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