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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.1

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We are now in the seventh section of the blueprint ,In this section we are going to cover "Deploy and manage vSphere Replication" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Configure and manage a vSphere Replication infrastructure: Isolate vSphere Replication network traffic Enable data compression of vSphere Replication traffic Configure and manage vSphere Replication of virtual machines Analyze and resolve vSphere Replication issues: Storage configuration Multiple point in time snapshots Enabling vSphere Replication on VMs Lab Setup: 2 Datacenter See post: http://vpentathlon.com/replication-lab-preparation/  Documents used: VMware vSphere Replication Administration   Configure and manage a vSphere Replication infrastructure and Configure and manage vSphere Replication of virtual machines: Installation: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-2/ Configuration and management: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-3/   Isolate vSphere Replication network traffic: You isolate the network traffic to the vSphere Replication Server by dedicating a VMKernel NIC…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 3

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Before we can continue to actually replicate between two main site i configure a new lab , please see the post name: replication - lab preparation and in this post we will cover the following objectives from the blueprint: Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances Configure vSphere Replication for Single/Multiple VMs Recover a VM using vSphere Replication Perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication Configure recovery point objective (RPO) for a protected virtual machine Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances: So after we learn how to install vRA and configure two Datacenters we now can configure replication between sites. We first need to pair the two vRA's to do that follow the following steps : Make sure that vRA availability status is OK in both datacenters.…
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Replication – Lab Preparation

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For the next objective we will need to setup a lab for Replication since i am using VMware workstation on my desktop and i only have limited resources i needed to find a workaround to make it work (So much fun :-)) So i put my thinking hat on and i came out with the following solution: Create a new lab (at least we getting more hands on) Configure two Datacenters Datacenter one configuration: Name: oceanside_dataceter ESXi hosts: Single esxi name esxi0 with basic installation (no fancy storage or networking connections) vCenter server : Single vCenter appliance running on VMware workstation vRA : single vRA installed on esxi0 host VM's:single linux vm installed on esxi0 host Datacenter two configuration: Name: MSPdatacenter ESXi hosts: Single esxi name MSPesxi0 with basic installation (no fancy…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 2

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In this post we will continue to the replication part of the objective: Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication Configure VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) integration with vSphere Replication Compare and contrast vSphere Replication compression methods Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication: before we start the appliance install we need to create vDS with replication traffic and also add the vCenter server managed address(the same IP you use to connect for mgmt) and dont forget DNS and NTP settings. Note that after setting the vCenter server managed address , you will need to restart the vCenter server. After all the perp work is done its time to install the appliance Mount the iso you downloaded from VMware website and deploy the following ovf file.   Start the wizard and and when you get to the CPU you can change…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 6:Configure and Administer a vSphere Backups/Restore/Replication Solution – Part 1

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for the Backup and Recover a vSphere Deployment.Again I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them. The following are the blueprint objective: Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual machine snapshots Differentiate VMware Data Protection capabilities Explain VMware Data Protection sizing guidelines Install and Configure VMware Data Protection Backup/Restore a virtual machine with VMware Data Protection Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication Configure VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) integration with vSphere Replication Configure vSphere Replication for Single/Multiple VMs Recover a VM using vSphere Replication Perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances Compare and contrast vSphere Replication compression methods Configure recovery point objective (RPO) for a protected virtual machine   Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual…
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