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How to install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 7

The VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7 was announced this year at VMworld EU in Barcelona and it comes with a new, redesigned GUI which is now called Control Center. It is worth to mention that this new GUI is HTML 5 driven! The installation and configuration of the product didn’t change much but the new GUI is worth heaving a quick look at. Please refer to the vRealize Orchestrator 7 documentation for key features, architecture and […]

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Back to Basics – SRM – Part 7: Migration & Failover

In the previous part we created, configured and tested a recovery plan. In this part we will perform a planned migration and a disaster recovery from the Protected Site to the Recovery Site to simulate a disaster recovery scenario. But first, let’s define both scenarios once again. What is a planned migration? “Planned migration enables you to migrate the workloads from the protected site to the recovery site with minimal risk of data loss. A […]

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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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How To: vSphere Data Protection – Part 2: Backup & Restore

In the previous part of this mini how to series on vSphere Data Protection, we deployed and configured a VDP appliance. In this post we will take a closer look at the backup and restore process in vSphere Data Protection. Backup Window First, before you configure your backups, you should edit the backup window configuration and set up the maintenance window. The maintenance window is reserved for performing routine VDP maintenance activities such as integrity […]