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Back to Basics – SRM – Part 6: Recovery Plans

In the previous part we’ve created and configured protection groups in Site Recovery Manager. In this part of the SRM mini-series we will have a closer look at the recovery plans that can be configured through the vSphere Web Client in the Site Recovery Manager. Create Recovery Plans On the Protected Site, open the vSphere Web Client and log in with the administrator account. On the left pane, under Home, go to Site Recovery. Next, […]

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Back to Basics – SRM – Part 5: Protection Groups

In the previous part we configured the inventory mappings in the Site Recovery Manager to map the resources at the Protected Site to the resources at the Recovery Site. In this part of the SRM mini-series we will go deeper on the protection groups that can be configured in SRM. A protection group is a collection of virtual machines that Site Recovery Manager protects together. Create Protection Groups On the Protected Site, open the vSphere […]

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Back to Basics – SRM – Part 4: Inventory Mappings

In the previous part, we had a look at the virtual machine replication options that are available in the vSphere Replication from the vSphere Web Client. This part of the SRM mini-series will go deeper on the inventory mappings that can be configured in SRM. So basically, the inventory mappings provide a convenient way to specify how the resources at the Protected Site are mapped to the resources at the Recovery Site. You can create […]

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Back to Basics – SRM – Part 3: VM Replication

In the previous part, we deployed and configured the vSphere Replication for the SRM implementation. Now, let’s have a look at the virtual machine replication options that are available in the vSphere Replication from the vSphere Web Client. VM Replication In the vSphere Web Client, select one VM, right-click it and select All vSphere Replication Action -> Configure Replication to start the replication of a VM. Since we want to use SRM, select Replicate to […]

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Back to Basics – SRM – Part 2: vSphere Replication

In the previous part of this SRM back to basics series we’ve connected the Protected and Recovery Site and we can now start replicating the virtual machines to the Recovery Site with vSphere Replication. Note that the previous versions of Site Recovery Manager included the vSphere Replication appliance and you could configure vSphere Replication in the Site Recovery Manager interface. In the 5.8 release, you deploy the vSphere Replication appliance and configure vSphere Replication on […]

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Back to Basics – SRM – Part 1: Site Pairing

Some time ago I wrote a multi post series on how to install, configure and manage the VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, based on a setup in my home lab. The latest release (SRM 5.8) now integrates with the vSphere Web Client and my articles are based on the “classic” vSphere Client. So, I decided to write a series of updates on the past posts. I will skip the preparation and installation part of SRM […]

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Upgrading vCenter Site Recovery Manager to version 5.8

Some time ago VMware announced vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8 at VMworld U.S. which I covered in my previous blog post. Now that the binaries are available, let’s have a look on how to upgrade vCenter Site Recovery Manager to version 5.8. Before you begin make sure you read and check the following: VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8 Release Notes Site Recovery Manager Installation and Configuration Guide (especially chapter 6 – Upgrading Site Recovery […]

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Upgrading vCenter Site Recovery Manager to version 5.5

As you all know, the VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager is a business continuity and disaster recovery solution that helps you to plan, test, and run the recovery of virtual machines between a protected vCenter Server site and a recovery vCenter Server site. The latest release of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5 has been generally available for a while so it is time to have a closer look on how to upgrade your SRM […]