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.

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