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 7 – Configure Site Pairing in VMware SRM 8.1

Alright, So we are done with previous post on installation of Site Recovery Manager 8.1 and other related components. Now we are moving to configure the SRM 8.1.

In this article, we will configure Site pairing for Protected and Recovery Sites in SRM. Look at the below step by step guide to configure Site Pairing.

Step by Step to Configure Site Pairing: –

  • Login to vCenter console using vSphere Web Client. Once you will go to Home Page, You will see Site Recovery Plug in option here.
  • Click on Site Recovery.

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  • Click on Open Site Recovery.

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  • You will automatically redirect to Site Recovery page. Please note that starting from SRM 8.1, it is totally HTML based now which was earlier flash based. Hence you are seeing a different console here.
  • Click on New Site Pair.

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  • Select the vCenter you want to pair. (Primary Site)
  • Select Platform Service Controller of Secondary(Recovery) Site. Click on Next.

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  • Click on Connect on Security Alert pop-up.


  • Select the vCenter Server you want to pair. (Recovery Site)

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  • Select the vCenter Server you want to pair. Select the Site Recovery Manager service. Click on Next.

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  • Click on Connect on Security Alert Pop-up.

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  • Site Pairing has been completed. Review the selected settings.
  • Click on Finish.

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  • On Site Recovery Console, you will both sites are connected to each other.
  • When you will click on View Details, you can further do the more configuration.


  • Here is Site Recovery Front end console, ready for further configuration.

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  • It will pop-up to enter credentials for Recovery Site vCenter Server.

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  • Review SRM summary and other configurations.

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That’s is all from this Site Pairing topic. In next article, we are going to see how to Configure SRM Array Manager Pairing.

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Learn SRM – Part 5 – Install VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1 (SRM)

In earlier posts, we have configured Array based replication for our DR environment. Now we are going to install VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 8.1 in our environment. Follow below steps to install SRM 8.1.

  • Download VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1 from VMware download portal. Click Here.
  • Install a Windows Server Operating System with minimum requirement compatibility guide.
  • Store VMware SRM setup  on this windows server.
  • Click on EXE file and Select the Language. Click on OK.


  • SRM installation has been executed.


  • Click on Next.


  • Click on Next.


  • Accept the License Agreement. Click on Next.


  • The default installation folder for Site Recovery Manager is C:Program FilesVMwareVMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. Click on Next to choose default or change as per your requirement.


  • Enter information about the Platform Services Controller at the site where you are installing Site Recovery Manager and click Next.


  • Click on Accept.


  • Enter information with which to register the Site Recovery Manager extension with vCenter Server. Click on Next.


  • Select vCenter Server and Click Next.


  • Select the default Site Recovery Manager plug-in identifier, or create a plug-in identifier for this Site Recovery Manager Server pair, and click Next.


  • Choose a Server certificate type for SRM. Click on Next.


  • Provide information for your certificate.


  • Select database server where you want to store SRM related data. Click on Next.


  • Specify the account to run SRM services.


  • SRM is not ready to install. Click on Install to proceed.


  • Installation is in progress.


  • Installation has been finished. Click on Finish to complete and exit the wizard.


  • Here you can verify the Site Recovery Manager installed.


  • Login to vSphere Web Click and go to Home Page.
  • You will see a plugin called Site Recovery installed.


  • Click on Open Site Recovery in right panel.


That’s all from Installation of SRM. In next article, we will see how to configure this.

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