Zerto 4.0 Virtual Protection Groups

This is Blog 3 in the Zerto Replication 4.0 Series.  This blog will cover the Virtual Protection Group (VPG) setup.

Current Setup

  • Production Cluster of 2 hosts
  • DR Cluster of 1 host
  • ZVM has been deployed at both sites on Windows 2012 R2
  • VRAs have been installed at each site
  • Sites have been paired

VPG Creation

Once you have logged into the ZVM Interface go to “VPGs” and “New VPG”

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Specify a VPG Name and the Priority Level

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Select the VMs available that you need to protect. Define the boot order and the boot delay.

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At this point you are ready to define the replication.

Replicate To: Define the Recover Site

Default Recover Servers: Define Cluster/Host and Datastore for Protection

SLA: Define Journal History, Target RPO Alerting and a Test Reminder. The advanced journal settings tab will be detailed next.

Advanced: Enable WAN Compression (Like this feature!)

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Advanced Journal Settings

You can define the Journal History, Journal Datastore, Journal Size Hard Limit and Journal Size Warning Threshold

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You can also edit an individual VM by selecting VM Settings

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There you can change these default options

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The next step is to review or change the storage selection.  If you need to change the target then “Edit Selected” after selecting the VM

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You can then define the Volume Source and Target Datastore

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Next Step is Recovery.  You will define the following:

Failover/Move Network, Failover Test Network and the Recovery Folder.  You can also define any scripts that you may need to run.

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Review the NICs Section. Here you can edit individual VMs. This is need if you need to change IPs in the event of a failover or test.

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Define the Network, MAC Address and IP configuration for testing and failover

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There is an option for a “Backup” as well.  I will not be going over this but below is a screenshot of what you can do.

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Summary of the VPG. Click done to start Replication

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Go back to the VPG Section and the VPG will now be listed and in “Initial Sync”.

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Once it has completed you will see several different things including SLA and RPO.

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You can then toggle over to performance and see actual performance related stats

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My next blog in the series will cover the “Test Failover”.

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