VMware SRM Protection Groups and Recovery Plans

This is Blog 6 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover creating Protection Groups and Recovery Plans.

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
  • Resources Mappings, Folder Mappings, network Mappings and Placeholder Datastores have been configured
  • vSphere Replication has been installed
  • VMs have been replicated with vSphere Replication

Creating Protection Groups

Login into SRM and go to Protection Groups

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Create Protection Groups

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Select the Protection Site and the Protection Group Type

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Select the Replicated VMs for the Protection Group.  A VM can only be in one protection group.

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Name the Protection Group

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Complete

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Once they have completed they will show up under Protection Groups

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You can then see the details of the Protection Groups

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Login to the DR site and the VMs that are being protected will show up like the picture below.  It creates a placeholder for the VMs.

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Creating Recovery Plans

Once you have created your Protection Groups go to Create Recovery Plan

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Select the Recovery Site

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Select Protection Groups that you want to recover

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Select the Test Network Setting.  Setting it to Auto will allow SRM to create its own “bubble” network when you decide to test.  You can change it to whatever network you want.  Just remember that this will bring up all protected VMs so you want to avoid allowing them access to the live network.

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Name the Recovery Plan

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Complete the Recovery Plan

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Now the Recovery Plan will show up.  You can create multiple Recovery Plans for testing Protection Groups if you choose.

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The Next Blog will cover VM Recovery Properties and all of the settings that you have to choose from.

Replicating VMs with vSphere Replication

This is Blog 5 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover replicating VMs with vSphere Replication.

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
  • Resources Mappings, Folder Mappings, network Mappings and Placeholder Datastores have been configured
  • vSphere Replication has been installed

Replicating VMs

Login to vCenter and select a VM that you want to replicate.  Go to the VR Replication Tab and Configure Replication

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Configure the RPO, Guest OS Quiescing and Target File Location

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Target VM Location

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Configure Each Hard Disk with the Disk Replication, Target Disk File Location, and Target Disk Type

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Select VR Replication Server

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Confirm and Complete

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Succeed

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Now you can Monitor and Configure Replication in the vSphere Replication Tab

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The next Blog Post will cover setting up Protection Groups and Recovery Plans

VMware vSphere Replication Install with SRM

This is Blog 4 on VMware Site Recover Manager.  This post will cover installing vSphere Replication.  At this point we have installed SRM, connected the sites and mapped all necessary resources.

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
  • Resources Mappings, Folder Mappings, network Mappings and Placeholder Datastores have been configured

vSphere Replication Install

Open up your vSphere client a the Production Site and go to SRM under the Solutions and Applications TabSRM4-1

Go to the vSphere Replication Tab

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Begin Deploying the VR Appliance

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OVF will begin Installing

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The location of the file will already be selected.  No need to browse.

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Details of the OVF Template

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Name and Location of the Virtual Appliance

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Cluster Location

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Specify a Host.  You are going to want to deploy multiple vSphere Virtual Appliances in the cluster.

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Storage of where you want to Virtual Appliance to reside on

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Disk Format

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 Application Setup.  You need to setup a Root Password, Embedded Database, and Networking Properties.

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Configure Service Bindings.  You need to bind the Appliance to vCenter Extension vService.

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Complete the Virtual Appliance Deployment.  Once you have completed the Production side you need to go through the same process at DR before continuing.

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Once you have installed the Virtual Appliances at each site you need to Configure the VR Connection between the Sites.

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Configure the Connection

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Complete.

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At this point vSphere Replication has been installed and you are ready to start protecting your VMs.  The next blog will cover how to begin the Replication Process.