What’s New in VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.8

VMware released Site Recovery Manager 5.8 with the release of vSphere 5.5 Update 2.  VMware SRM 5.8 improves with increased scalability and customization. Below is a list of the New Features.

  • SRM has been integrated into the vSphere Web Client.
  • vCenter Orchestrator for SRM which allows some automation in vCenter Orchestrator workflows
  • Now protect up to 5,000 VMs
  • Subnet level IP customization
  • Optional embedded database that can be used instead of an external Database

VMware SRM Reprotecting VMs

This is Blog 10 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover reprotecting your VMs

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
  • Failed Site over to DR

Reprotecting VMs

Once you have recovered your protection site and you are ready to failback you need to setup up replication.  Go to the recovery steps tab and select Reprotect.

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Confirm the Reprotect Option

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Start the Reprotect

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Protection will begin back to the Production Site

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Go to vSphere Replication and confirm that a Full Sync is in progress

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You will now see the protected VMs back at your Production Site.  You can then fail back to production once you are ready.

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This concludes the Blog Series on VMware SRM with vSphere Replication.

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.

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.

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.

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Priority Groups. 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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The next blog will cover Testing a Recovery Plan

VMware SRM Protection Groups and Recovery Plans

This is Blog 6 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover creating Protection Groups and 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

Creating Protection Groups

Login into SRM and go to Protection Groups

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Create Protection Groups

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Select the Protection Site and the Protection Group Type

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Select the Replicated VMs for the Protection Group.  A VM can only be in one protection group.

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Name the Protection Group

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Complete

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Once they have completed they will show up under Protection Groups

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You can then see the details of the Protection Groups

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Login to the DR site and the VMs that are being protected will show up like the picture below.  It creates a placeholder for the VMs.

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Creating Recovery Plans

Once you have created your Protection Groups go to Create Recovery Plan

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Select the Recovery Site

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Select Protection Groups that you want to recover

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Select the Test Network Setting.  Setting it to Auto will allow SRM to create its own “bubble” network when you decide to test.  You can change it to whatever network you want.  Just remember that this will bring up all protected VMs so you want to avoid allowing them access to the live network.

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Name the Recovery Plan

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Complete the Recovery Plan

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Now the Recovery Plan will show up.  You can create multiple Recovery Plans for testing Protection Groups if you choose.

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The Next Blog will cover VM Recovery Properties and all of the settings that you have to choose from.

Replicating VMs with vSphere Replication

This is Blog 5 on VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  This post will cover replicating VMs with vSphere Replication.

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

Replicating VMs

Login to vCenter and select a VM that you want to replicate.  Go to the VR Replication Tab and Configure Replication

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Configure the RPO, Guest OS Quiescing and Target File Location

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Target VM Location

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Configure Each Hard Disk with the Disk Replication, Target Disk File Location, and Target Disk Type

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Select VR Replication Server

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Confirm and Complete

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Succeed

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Now you can Monitor and Configure Replication in the vSphere Replication Tab

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The next Blog Post will cover setting up Protection Groups and Recovery Plans