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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Learn SRM – Part 9 – Configure Inventory Mapping in VMware SRM 6.5

Welcome back to new topic of VMware Site Recovery Manager. In last article, we saw how to Configure Array Manager. Here we are going to configure Resource Mapping which is one of important point to know for every VMware admin who is using SRM. If you configure site-wide inventory mappings before you create protection groups, you do not have to configure protection individually on each virtual machine when you create a protection group. Site Recovery Manager applies the site-wide mappings to all virtual machines in an array-based replication protection group at the moment that you create the protection group.

During a Disaster Recovery or Test Drill, when virtual machines start on the recovery site, the virtual machines use the resources on the recovery site that you specify in the mappings.

There are numerous kind of inventory mapping such as Network Mappings, Folder Mappings, Resource Mappings, Storage Policy Mappings. Here in this article we are going to perform mapping of Network, Folder, and Resource Mapping. We are not using Storage Policy Protection in this lab so we are not going to configure that. When you use storage policy protection, Site Recovery Manager applies inventory mappings at the moment that a recovery plan runs. You cannot configure protection individually on the virtual machines in a storage policy protection group. As a consequence, you must configure site-wide inventory mappings if you use storage policy protection.

Let’s jump to the Step by Step Guide to Configure Inventory Mapping in VMware SRM 6.5: –

  • Login to SRM Console using vCenter Server.
  • Go to Sites and Click on Manage Tab.

Configure Network Mapping

  • Click on Network Mappings.

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  • Select option “Automatically prepare mappings for networks with matching names” and Click on Next.

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  • Map networks on the protected site to networks on the recovery site. Select Networks in Site to Site pairing and Click on Add mappings.

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  • Select test networks to be used instead of the recovery networks while running tests. Click on Next. When you initiate a test DR, all VMs will be mapped to this test network in recovery site and create a isolated network form Production environment. Which you generally know as bubble network.

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  • Prepare reverse mapping  from Recovery Site to Protected Site.

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  • Network mapping has been done. You can review the same from Network Mapping option under Manage tab.

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Folder Mapping

  • Go to SRM Console > Sites > Manage
  • Click on Folder Mappings.

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  • Select “Automatically prepare mappings for folders with matching names.” Click on Next.

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  • Map datacenters or virtual machine folders on the protected site to datacenters or virtual machine folders on the recovery site. Select Folders from Protected Site and recovery Site and Click on Add Mappings. You need to select both side. I missed
  • Click on Next.

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  • Select Configured mappings and Click on Next.

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  • Review the configuration of Folder Mappings under Sites > Manage tab.

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Resource Mapping

  • Login to SRM Console. Go to Sites > Manage.
  • Click on Resource Mappings.

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  • Map resource pools, standalone hosts, vApps, or clusters on the protected site to resource pools, standalone hosts, vApps, or clusters on the recovery site. You can map any type of resource on one site to any type of resource on the other site. Here I have selected Cluster Resource of Protected to recovery Site.
  • Click on Next.

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  • Select configured mappings for which to automatically create reverse mappings from Recovery Site to Protected Site. Click on Finish.

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That’s all from this topic. Now moving to next topic which is Create Placeholder Datastore in VMware SRM sites. Stay tuned.

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