RecoverPoint for VMs – VM Protection

EMC RecoverPoint for VMs is a virtualized hypervisor-based replication and disaster recovery solution that is integrated into the VMware. Virtual RecoverPoint appliances is installed on existing ESXi servers with and ESXi splitter that resides on all servers with protected workloads, allowing replication and recovery at the virtual disk (VMDK and RDM) level. Since the I/O splitter resides within the vSphere hypervisor, RecoverPoint for VMs can replicate VMs to and from any storage array supported by VMware: SAN, NAS, DAS, and vSAN.

This blog will cover protecting VMs but first you must have the following prereqs completed.

  • ESXi splitter installed on each esxi host
  • iSCSI network setup
  • vRPAs deployed at each site
  • RP clusters deployed
  • RP Datastore Journals at each site registered

RPforVMs is accessed via the Web Client and there is not thick client option.  The vSphere Web Client Plugin is installed once the RP cluster has been deployed

VMPRO1

Protecting VMs

Right-click on a VM, All RPVWCPlugin Actions, Protect

VMPRO2

You can also go to Manage and then RecoverPoint for VMs

VMPRO3

Protect VM Wizard begins.  Start with creating a new Consistency Group or add to an existing Consistency Group.

VMPRO4

Enter a name for the Consistency Group and select the source cluster

VMPRO5

Define the Protection Policy.  Create a new VM or an existing VM and set the replication mode.

 VMPRO6 

Select the resource where the target VM is to be created

VMPRO7 

Select the Target Datastore

VMRPO8 

Configure the Journals for both the Source and Target.

VMPRO9 

Complete the Protection Wizard

VMPRO10

Initialization Process will begin.  There are 2 options: Modify Group Policy and Modify Link Policy

VMPRO11 

Modify Group Policy.  Here you can specify the vRPA and the Priority Level.

VMPRO12

Modify Link Policy.  Here you decide the Replication Mode as well as the Bandwidth Reduction. Compression and dedup requires 8 vCPU and 8GB Memory on each vRPA.

VMPRO13

You can go back to the RecoverPoint for VMs tab and monitor the Replication process.  A VM will be created at the target with a .copy.recoverpoint added to it.

VMPRO14

My next blog will cover Testing a Copy