vSphere SRM 6.X Install and configure – Part 5 – Creating recovery plan and testing

Replication, SRM, VCAP6 - Design
Now that we've installed SRM in our lab environment and followed the SRM configuration tasks, we need to complete the last and most important step by creating a recovery plan and testing our recovery plan. The recovery plan that we will create in this post will control every step in the recovery process. If you followed the SRM Installation and Configure series on this blog, please make sure that you have configured the protection group from part 4 of this series, and also make sure that your replication is working correctly (we only use vSphere replication at this point). Creating Recovery Plan step by step: In the SRM window click on the protected site and then click on Step 6 "Create a Recovery Plan" Create a name for your recovery…
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vSphere SRM 6.X Install and configure – Part 4 – Configure Protection group

Replication, SRM, VCAP6 - Design
In the previous posts we Installed SRM in our lab environment, we paired the two sites, we configured Inventory mappings and configured placeholder datastore. In this post we will continue with the configuration by adding protection groups The idea behind protection groups is to groups VM's and make sure they failover together to the recovery site. In SRM You can use protection group for array based replication and also for vSphere replication, in my lab I only configured vSphere replication at this point so I will demonstrate protection group configuration. Note: The following link is a good read on VMware blogs for SRM protection group design considerations: https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/05/srm-protection-group-design.html Configuring Protection Group step by step: In the SRM window click on the protected site and then click on step 5 "Create Protection…
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vSphere SRM 6.X Install and configure – Part 3 – Configure Placeholder datastore

Replication, SRM, VCAP6 - Design
In the previous post we Installed SRM in our lab environment and we paired the two sites and configured Inventory mappings. In this post we will continue with the configuration, if you look at VMware configuration guide the next step is to configure placeholder datastore. We need to configure a datastore on the recovery site which SRM can store the placeholder for VM's files, this datastore doesnt have to be big to contain the entire total size of the VM's In fact placeholder VM's files are very small. I wasnt able to find actual sizing document for the placeholder datastore but i did find a discuss on VMTN: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/514420 Note: You will need to configure placeholder datastore on both sites for reverse recovery Configuring placeholder datastore step by step: In the…
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vSphere SRM 6.X Install and configure – Part 2 – Configure Inventory Mappings

Replication, SRM, VCAP6 - Design
In the previous post we Installed SRM in our lab environment and we also paired the two sites. In this post we will continue with the configuration. If you look at VMware configuration guide the next step is to configure inventory mappings. With Inventory Mappings we can specify how SRM maps the VM's resources at the remote site, the idea is that you use inventory mapping to dictate where in the protected site the VM's will be placed in case of a failure, you can map compute resources, VM folders and networks. So in the following examples we are going to set the following: Resource Mapping - With resource mappings you can map resource pools, standalone host vApps and clusters, You cannot map individual hosts that are part of a…
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vSphere SRM 6.X Install and configure – Part 1

Replication, SRM, VCAP6 - Design
In preparation for the design exam we need to cover vSphere replication and SRM. I decided to create a lab to demonstrate the installation and configuration of SRM. On this blog, you can find more information about replication cover in the VCP/VCAP deploy sections The following are the configuration of the two datacenters used for my SRM lab Datacenter Name: EP-L1 Prod Objective: Replication Source Configuration: Using four ESXi servers in a cluster configuration   Datacenter Name: EP-Remote Objective: Replication target Configuration: using two ESXi servers in a cluster configuration   Note: At this point I will not use SRA’s, I will be using vSphere native replication Prerequisite: Make sure your DNS configured correctly Make sure your NTP configured correctly on all hosts, vCenter and VM’s Make sure vSphere replication is…
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