HOW TO: Fix the VMware Data Protection error - VDP: [001] The most recent checkpoint for the VDP appliance is outdated

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
MVE^2, Expert of the Year 2017-2011, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2017-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert 2018-2011 27 years of experience.
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After a recent network outage this was displayed in the alerts of the VMware vSphere Client, One possible reason is the appliance is stored on a Microsoft Storage Server which has a poor network link to the iSCSI Target. (It should really use Jumbo Frames, and be at least 1GBe!)

image1.jpgThis error has occured because a fault has occured in the backup repository, because the appliance has not been shutdown cleanly.

In this tutorial article, we will show you HOW TO: Fix the VMware Data Protection error - VDP: []001] The most recent checkpoint for the VDP appliance is outdated.

1. Login to the VMware Data Protection appliance.

Open the console using the VMware vSphere Client/Web Client, or connect via SSH. Using username - root, and corresponding password.

Type the following at the console prompt, to stop the VDP services.
dpnctl stop

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vdp2a.jpgthe results after stopping the services. 

This command stops:
  • hfscheck
  • MCS
  • gsan
  • axionfs
vdp3a.jpgType the command

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and record the mount points for data01, data02 and data03.

vdp4a.jpgThe mount points are

/dev/sdb1 - /data01
/dev/sdc1 - /data02
/dev/sdd1 - /data03
vdp5a.jpgWe need to manually check the disks /dev/sdb1, /dev/sdc1 and /dev/sdd1; this can only be done if the current disk mounts are un-mounted.

Type the following commands at the console
umount /data01
umount /data02
umount /data03 

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vdp6a.jpgWe need to check each disk using the following commands at the console, 
xfs_check /dev/sdb1
xfs_check /dev/sdc1
xfs_check /dev/sdd1

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Remount all disks, type the following command at the console
mount -a

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vdp7a.jpgCheck all the disks are mounted as before, by typing 

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vdp8a.jpgRestart the VDP services by typing the following at the console
dpnctl start all

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vdp9a.jpgStop the Maintenance Services, by typing the following command at the console
dpnctl stop maint

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vdp10a.jpgCreate a manual checkpoint, using the following command
avmaint checkpoint --ava

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vdp12.jpgPerform a full HFSCheck using the following command; this can take many minutes or hours to run!
avmaint hfscheck --full --ava

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 vdp14.jpgRun this command, to verify the HFScheck:
avmaint hfscheckstatus --ava

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vdp15.jpgThe result you are looking for is:-

status = "completed"
result = "OK"

Repeat the manual checkpoint and hfscheck until the above results are displayed.

Run this command, to restart the maintenances services.
dpnctl start maint

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vdp15a.jpgYou will notice the Alert has disappeared.

Congratulations you have Fixed the VMware Data Protection error - VDP: []001] The most recent checkpoint for the VDP appliance is outdated.

During this series of articles VMware released VMware vSphere 5.5 and VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.5. These articles are also applicable to VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.0 and 5.5. For consistency, I have used VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.1 throughout this series.

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Expert Comment

by:John Derr
Fixed my issue! Thanks for the easy to follow instructions!

Expert Comment

by:Cecil B
Hi Andrew, i have the same issue with my VDP 6.1.  I was following your artilce to fix my issue until i reached the last few steps.  I created a manual checkpoint using the "avmaint checkpoint --ava" command.  when i run the second command " avmaint hfscheck --full --ava", i get the error message below:
ERROR: avmaint: hfscheck: server_exception(MSG_ERR_NO_CHECKPOINT)

I have started and stopped the scheduler a few times.  Any ideas?


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