VMware SRM VM Recovery Properties

This is Blog 7 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover the VM Recovery Properties on each VM being recovered.

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
  • Protection Groups and Recovery Plans have been created

VM Recovery Properties

Now that the Recovery Plans have been created you have the option of going into each VM and changing some Recovery Properties if needed.  Go to the VM Tab in the Recovery Plans and Select VM Recovery Properties.  The first option is the IP settings.  Based on how your network is setup you may need to change the IP at DR.


Priority Groups. 

Priority Group 1 will be started first at DR and Priority 5 will be started last.


VM Dependencies. 

This only applies of the VMs that depend on each other are in the same Priority Group.  An example would be a Database Server and a App Server.  They need to be brought up together.


Shutdown Actions

Used to power off VMs at the protected site during a Recovery.  Shutdown is not used during Test or Cleanup.  VMware Tools needs to be running and there is a timeout setting.


Startup Action

This is for when the VMs Startup at DR.  SRM will use VMware tools to see when the VM has come up.  I have had instances where I had to manually restart vmtools after power up during testing.  Be aware of that.


There are also Pre-Power On Steps and Post Power On Steps that can be added


The next blog will cover Testing a Recovery Plan

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