VMware Site Recovery Manager Site Mappings

This is Blog 3 on VMware Site Recovery Manger.  This post will cover Resource Mappings, Folder Mappings, Network Mapping sand the Placeholder Datastores.  At this point we have installed SRM at each site, connected them to the vCenter Server and connected the 2 sites.

Current Progress

  • Prod and DR Cluster
  • Prod and DR Cluster
  • 1 host per cluster with vSphere 5.5
  • 1 Domain Controller (08R2) per site
  • 1 vCenter Virtual Appliance (5.5) per site
  • 1 SRM server per site. SQL express is installed on the same server
  • SRM servers paired together

Site Mappings

Open up your vSphere client a the Production Site and go to SRM under the Solutions and Applications Tab

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Resource Mappings

Go to the Resource Mappings Tab and select “Configure Mapping”.  The point of this is to map your Production Clusters to the DR Clusters so vCenter knows how to designate resources for the VMs you are protecting.  Make sure you have created the Cluster and Resource Pools at DR before configuring this.

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Map your Production Clusters and Resource Pools

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After you have mapped the Cluster you will see them under the Resource Mappings Tab

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Folder Mappings

Go to the Folder Mappings tab and select “Configure Mapping” on the highlighted Folder.  The point of this is to map the folders that you have created to the DR side.

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Map the Folders to the Recover Site

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After you have mapped the Folders you will see them in the Folder Mappings Tab

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Network Mappings

Go to the Network Mappings tab and “Configure Mapping”.  You want to make sure all the networks are mapped so vCenter knows what network or dvPort Group to put the VMs on when they are added to inventory.  Networks need to be created at DR before this step.

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Map your Networks

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After you have mapped all of the Networks they will show up under the Network Mappings Tab

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Placeholder Datastores

Go to the Placeholder Datastores tab and “Configure Placeholder Datastore”.  This designates Datastore that SRM will use to reserve a space for VMs in the Inventory at the DR Site.  The Placeholder Datastores must be seen by all hosts in the cluster and must not be replicated.

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Select your Placeholder Datastores at DR

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Your Placeholder Datastores will now show up under the Placeholder Datastores Tab.

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At this point we have Installed SRM, Connected the Sites and Mapped Everything.  The next Blog will cover installing vSphere Replication.

VMware Site Recovery Manager Site Pairing

This is Blog 2 on VMware Site Recovery Manager.  This post will cover pairing your production site and your disaster recovery site.  At this point we have installed SRM at each site and connected them to the vCenter Server

Current Progress

  • Prod and DR Cluster
  • 1 host per cluster with vSphere 5.5
  • 1 Domain Controller (08R2) per site
  • 1 vCenter Virtual Appliance (5.5) per site
  • 1 SRM server per site. SQL express is installed on the same server

Site Pairing

Open up your vSphere client a the Production Site and go to SRM under the Solutions and Applications Tab

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Select the Configure Connection at the Top

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Enter your Remote Site vCenter Information

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Validate the vCenter Server Certificate

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vCenter Credentials for the Remote Server

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Validate SRM Certificate

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At this point the Sites will begin to Pair

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Now log in with the vCenter Credentials that was used to pair the Sites.  Get used to this log in because it is needed each time you go into SRM.

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Now when you login to SRM you will see both Production and Disaster Recovery Sites.  The site that you are logged into will show up as “Local”.

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The next blog post will cover how to map all of the Necessary Resources and the Placeholder Datastore

VMware Site Recovery Manager with vSphere Replication Version 5.5

I have installed VMware SRM with vSphere Replication in my home lab and setup replication from one cluster to another to demo a DR scenario.  I am going to do a series of blogs on installing SRM with vSphere Replication. Below is the step-by-step install for VMware SRM

My Home Lab Setup

Hardware

  • 2 Desktop Cases
  • 2 Intel i5 Processors (1 per host)
  • 32GB Memory per host
  • 2 1GB nics per host (1 for Management and 1 for NFS)
  • HP 1810 8 port managed switch
  • Synology DS 413j with 4 2TB disks with Raid 1/0

Setup

  • Prod and DR Cluster
  • 1 host per cluster with vSphere 5.5
  • 1 Domain Controller (08R2) per site
  • 1 vCenter Virtual Appliance (5.5) per site
  • 1 SRM server per site. SQL express is installed on the same server
  • 1 vSphere Replication Appliance per site
  • XP and 08R2 VM for replication

Site Recovery Manager Requirements and Pre-installation

  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 or higher up to Windows Server 2012R2. I recommend a 64-bit OS
  • 2 CPUs and 4GB RAM
  • A SQL database is need for each SRM server. You can use a full version or SQL Express.  I would recommend putting the database on the same server as the vCenter Database if you do a full version.
  • An ODBC connection needs to be created to the SRM Database on the SRM server.
  • Several Windows Firewall settings. See the SRM Documentation for those settings.
  • SRM install file from VMware
  • vCenter already installed and working

Installation

Launch the Installation

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Patents and License Agreements

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Choose your destination for the program files

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Install the vSphere Replication Option

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Enter the vCenter information that SRM is connecting to.

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Certificate Warning

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Certificate Type for SRM

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Certificate Generation

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Site Installation information for SRM.  Take note of the Ports.

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Database Configuration.  Use the ODBC that was setup.

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Install and Complete!

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At this point you have installed SRM.  You will need to do this at each site before continuing on to the next step.  The next blog will cover connecting the 2 sites as well as mapping all or your resources.