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How to upgrade Site Recovery Manager 6 to version 6.1

The Site Recovery Manager 6.1 has been released for a while now so it is a good time to have a look at the upgrade process from version 6.0. Before you jump into the upgrade process, have a quick look at what’s new in Site Recovery Manager 6.1 in one of my previous posts. As in previous releases, you can upgrade an existing vCenter Site Recovery Manager installation and the upgrade process will preserve existing […]

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How to remove SRM extension from vCenter Server

Recently, I did some SRM troubleshooting for several customers where the SRM extension was not removed from the vCenter Server after running the uninstaller on a Windows machine running vCenter Server. Here is a quick how-to on manually removing the SRM extension from the vCenter Server. Note: According to KB 1025360, this method should also work for the vCenter Server Appliance. Remove SRM extension from vCenter Server Open your internet browser and navigate to the […]

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What’s New in VMware SRM 6.1?

As you all know VMworld US 2015 is in a full swing right now and more and more news comes out every day. Yesterday VMware published a whitepaper with technical overview of the new features in VMware SRM 6.1 so let’s have a quick look! Storage Profile Based Protection Site Recovery Manager 6.1 adds a new type of protection group – the storage policy-based protection groups. Storage policy-based protection groups use vSphere storage profiles to […]

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How to upgrade Site Recovery Manager 5.8 to version 6.0

The Site Recovery Manager 6.0 has been released for a while now so it is a good time to have a look at the upgrade process since the original release build also received a patch in April 2015. Before we jump into the upgrade process, let’s have a quick look at what’s new in Site Recovery Manager 6.0. Support for VMware vSphere 6.0, including integration with shared infrastructure components such as Platform Services Controller and […]

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Customizing IP addresses for VM’s in SRM 5 – Part 3

In the previous part we had a closer look at customizing the IP addresses of multiple virtual machines in SRM using the IP customization rules. In this final part of customizing IP addresses in SRM 5, we will customize the IP addresses for multiple virtual machines using the DR IP Customizer tool which is installed with SRM. According to the Site Recovery Manager Administrator Guide, the DR IP Customizer tool allows you to define explicit […]

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Customizing IP addresses for VM’s in SRM 5 – Part 2

In the previous part we had a closer look at customizing the IP addresses in SRM using the manual method. In this part, we will customize the IP addresses for multiple virtual machines by defining the IP customization rules in SRM. I will not go into the small details of how this process works. It is very well documented in the vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8 Administrator Guide on page 77 and 78 in the […]

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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, […]