VMware SRM Testing Recovery Plans

This is Blog 8 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover testing your 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
  • Protection Groups and Recovery Plans have been created
  • VM Recovery Properties Set

Testing your Recovery Plans

This is one of my favorite features of SRM.  You can do non-disruptive testing with the click of a button.  Login to SRM and go to your Recovery Plan and select the Test button.

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Test Confirmation.  You have the option of replicating recent changes to the Recovery Site.

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Start the Test

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Once the Test has started go to the Recovery Steps Tab.  You will be able to watch Step by Step

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Once the Test has completed successfully the VMs at the DR site will look like a Running VM

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Once you have completed the Test its time for Cleanup

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Cleanup Confirmation.  I have run into issues where I have had to do a Force Cleanup

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Start the Cleanup

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Once the Cleanup and Testing has completed you can go over to the History Tab and View or Export the results

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The Next Blog will cover the actual Failover.

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