VMware SRM Failover Recovery Plans

This is Blog 9 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover failover of 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
  • Tested Recovery Plan

Recovery Plan Failover

Now it is time to Failover from Production to DR.  Login to SRM and go to your Recovery Plan.  Select the Recovery Option.

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Recovery Confirmation.  There are 2 types of recovery, Planned and Disaster.  Planned will sync up your storage and requires the sites to be connected.  Disaster is a “We need to get going ASAP” situation.

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Review the info and Start

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The following thing will happen in this order: Sync Storage if possible, Shutdown protected VMs at Production, Restore ESXi hosts from standby, Begin the Recovery.

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Once the VMs have recovered you will be up and running at your DR site.

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The final blog in this series will demonstrate how to Re-protect back to the original Production site.

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