Learn SRM – Part 15 – Perform Real Recovery during Disaster Scenario in VMware SRM 6.5

In last article, we saw how to perform a test DR or you can say that Test Drill using Site Recovery Manager.

In this article, we are going to explore a live situation if you face a real Disaster then how will you recover Virtual Machines from Protected Site to Recovery Site.

Step by Step: –

  • Login to Site Recovery Manager Console.
  • Go to Monitor tab under Recovery Plan Section.
  • Click on Red icon.

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  • Here you will get a different options. In test recovery, you didn’t had this option. But if you perform a real DR, then you have two options.
  1. Planned Migration
  2. Disaster Recovery
  • If you want to perform a real recovery during any Disaster, you have to choose option 2 which is for Disaster Recovery scenario.
  • Accept Recovery Confirmation and Click on Next.

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  • Disaster Recovery is ready to start. Click on Finish.

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  • Real Recovery has been started. You can monitor the status of recovery here .

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So that’s all from VMware Site Recovery Manager module. We are closing this module here. If you have not gone through with earlier articles, please go through with that to get a detailed information on VMware SRM. I will come back with the new topic next week. Stay tuned to Cloud Pathshala.

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Learn SRM – Part 14 – Perform Cleanup Activity in VMware SRM 6.5

Once our Testing has been completed, we need to run cleanup of the environment. Site Recovery Manager performs several cleanup operations after a test.

  • Powers off the recovered virtual machines.
  • Replaces recovered virtual machines with placeholders, preserving their identity and configuration information.
  • Cleans up replicated storage snapshots that the recovered virtual machines used during the test.

Step by Step: –

  • Login to VMware Site Recovery Manager Console.
  • Go to Monitor Tab and Click on icon highlighted in Red box.

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  • Ready the Informational message. you may also choose Force Cleanup option if normal cleanup doesn’t work properly.
  • Click on Next

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  • Cleanup Activity is ready to complete. Click on Finish to start the activity.

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  • Monitor the Status of Cleanup Activity.

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  • Cleanup has been done. Status is again in Ready State now. You can see the Green Run icon has been highlighted.

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That’s all about Cleaning up our environment after Test Disaster Recovery. I will also add one more article which will show you how to Perform Recovery during Real Disaster. Stay Tuned to next article.

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Learn SRM – Part 13 – Perform Test Drill using VMware SRM 6.5

In earlier posts, we have gone through with the Installation and Configuration of Vmware Site Recovery Manager. We explored both version 8.1 as well as 6.5.

We are no on final stage of our planning. SRM is ready for your environment. You can now plan Disaster Recovery Test to check the functionality. Here we are going to perform the same. We have the recovery plan configured according to our requirement, now let’s initiate the test drill. Remember that when you test a recovery plan, SRM uses the test network to test the VMs and keep Recovered Virtual machines in a bubble network. During test drill, your production Virtual machines will remain powered on and there is no impact on Production environment. Testing a Recovery Plan creates a snapshot on the recovery site of all the disk files of the virtual machines in the plan.

Let’s move to the Step by Step Guide to Perform a Test Drill: –

  • Login to Site Recovery Manager Console.
  • Go to Recovery Plans and Click on Recovery Plan you want to initiate. You can group your virtual machines in Protection Groups and later can add those protection groups to the recovery group. Now you will have choice which Virtual Machines you want to test.

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  • Go to Monitor tab and Click on Green Run Icon.

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  • Select Replicate Recent changes to recovery site. Click Next.

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  • Test is ready to start. Click on Finish.

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  • You can check the status from here. There are multiple steps which it will perform. Make sure that it give a success message to all steps. In case you get any failure message, you need to verify and rectify that issue again.

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  • You can also go to Objects tab under Recovery Plan and Check the overall status of testing.

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  • Recovery still in progress but moved to different stage now. Keep an eye on this.

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This is all about Test Recovery or you can say Test Drill of Disaster Recovery. Next we are moving to Cleanup Activity.

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Learn SRM – Part 12 – Configure Recovery Plans in VMware SRM 6.5

In this article, we are going to cover Recovery Plan. We will see how you can create a Recovery plan. A recovery plan specifies how Site Recovery Manager recovers the virtual machines in the protection groups that it contains. You can include one or more protection groups in a recovery plan.

Step by Step Guide: –

  • Login to Site Recovery Manager Console. To do so, go to Web Client and Open vCenter Server. Go to Home Page and Click on Site Recovery.
  • Under Site Recovery Console, Click on Recovery Plans. You will get Objects tab there. Click on Create Recovery Plans.

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  • Enter a name for Recovery Plan and Select a location for this recovery plan. Click on Next.

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  • Select the site to which the VMs in this plan will recover. Here I have choosed my Recovery Site. Click on Next.

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  • Select Protection Group you want to add to this Recovery Plan. You can add more than one Protection Groups in a Recovery Plan. Click on Next.

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  • Select the test networks and Click on Next.

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  • Recovery Plan is Ready to Complete. Click on Finish.

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  • Review the Recovery Plan under Recovery Plan tab.

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That’s all from Site Recovery Manager Configuration part. SRM is ready to execute DR. Now in next article, we will see how to execute test and Disaster Recovery. Stay Tuned.

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Learn SRM – Part 11 – Configure Protected Groups in VMware SRM 6.5

In Previous post, we explored how to created Placeholder Datastore. Now we are going to Configure Protected Groups in VMware SRM.

Protection group is a collection of virtual machines that Site Recovery Manager protects together. Let’s take an example you have any specific set of Virtual machines i;e App VMs, DB VMs. You can group them together in Protected Group. In Array based replication, when you create Protection group, you group the virtual machines on the basis of replicated datastores. When you create protection group, you group specific datastores to that protection group. And migration all Virtual machine to those datastores which is part of Protection groups. Make sure that datastores are replicated to recovery site.

You can include one or more protection groups in a recovery plan. A recovery plan specifies how Site Recovery Manager recovers the virtual machines in the protection groups that it contains.We will see this in next article.

Let’s jump to the Step by Step guide to Create Protection Group. Here I am create only one Protection group. You can create many depending on your requirement.

  • Login to Site Recovery Manager console. vCenter Server > Home > Site Recovery
  • Click on Protected Groups.

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  • Go to Objects tab and Click on Create Protection Group.

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  • Give a name to Protection Group.

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  • Select the protected site and protection group type.
  • Select Array Pair and Click on Next.

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  • Select Datastores you want to add to this Protection Group. You can choose multiple datastores in one Protection group. Click on Next.

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  • Review your settings and Click on Finish.

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  • Protection Group has been created. Review it under Objects tab.

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That’s all from this article. We are moving to next article which is to create Recovery Plan in VMware SRM. Stay Connected.

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Learn SRM – Part 10 – Create Placeholder Datastore in VMware SRM 6.5

Welcome back to the new article on VMware SRM. This topic will cover how to Create Placeholder Datastore in VMware SRM. I am using VMware SRM 6.5.

For every virtual machine in a protection group, Site Recovery Manager creates a placeholder virtual machine at the recovery site. You must identify a datastore on the recovery site in which Site Recovery Manager can store the placeholder virtual machines.

After you select the datastore to contain the placeholder virtual machines, Site Recovery Manager reserves a place for protected virtual machines in the inventory on the recovery site. Site Recovery Manager creates a set of virtual machine files on the specified datastore at the recovery site and uses that subset to register the placeholder virtual machine with vCenter Server on the recovery site.

Step by Step: –

  • To create Placeholder Datastore at both site, you need to login to VMware SRM console.
  • Select Protected Site and go to Placeholder datastores tab.
  • Click on Box icon under placeholder datastores tab.

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  • Go to Sites > Manage and Click on Placeholder Datastore. Click on OK. Make sure that you have already created this datastore in Protected Site’s Virtual Center.

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  • Perform the same step for Recovery Site. Select Recovery Site under Sites.
  • Go to Placeholder datastores. Click on Box icon.

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  • Select Placeholder datastore for Recovery Site. Make sure that you have already created this datastore in recovery Site’s Virtual Center.

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Placeholder datastores have been created in both site.

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That’s all from this article. We are moving to next article which is to Configure Protected Group in VMware SRM. Stay Connected.

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