Install or upgrade the vSphere Web Client

The vSphere Web Client lets you connect to a vCenter Server system to manage your vSphere infrastructure and ESXi hosts through a browser. The vSphere Web Client requires a connection to the vCenter Single Sign On server so make sure you install it before installing vSphere Web Client. Also, make sure that the Inventory Services and the vCenter Server are upgraded to version 5.1. Currently the following web browsers are supported in version 5.1 of […]

ESXi 5

Upgrade vCenter Server 5.x to vCenter Server 5.1

As you probably all know, the vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Suite binaries have been made available for download yesterday. The vCenter Server ISO is now about 3,4 GB in size which is quite significant compared to 2,4 GB in version 5.0 Update 1. The size of ESXi hypervisor is now about 307 MB which is about 10 MB more than the version 5.0 Update 1. Before you begin with upgrading your production environment, make sure […]

Site Recovery Manager

Port requirements for Site Recovery Manager 5 and vCenter Server 5

A few days ago Troy Hampel (@MrTroyH) asked me on Twitter if I had some troubleshooting blogs about resource mapping permission in Site Recovery Manager 5, unfortunately I didn’t, simply because I did not came across any issues with permissions when I was implementing my SRM 5 infrastructure 🙂 But this gave me an idea to summarize the ports used by the Site Recovery Manager 5 between the Protected Site and the Recovery Site but […]

Site Recovery Manager

How To: Upgrade VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.0 to version 5.0.1

Here is a quick “how to” on upgrading the VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager from version 5.0 to version 5.0.1. It is recommended that you perform an in-place upgrade rather than a new installation as this will preserve all reports, recovery plans, protection groups etc. The upgrade procedure must also be performed on the Recovery Site. Before you begin make sure the following criteria are met: SRM database is backed up The SRM software is […]

Site Recovery Manager

How To: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 10 (Final): Migration and Failover

So far we covered almost any aspect of the VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. We have prepared and set up the infrastructure, paired the sites, configured the VR replication, set up inventory mappings, created a protection group, configured a recovery plan and performed a test failover. In this part we will perform a planned migration and an unplanned failover from the Protected Site to the Recovery Site to simulate a disaster recovery scenario. But first, […]

Site Recovery Manager

How To: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 9: Recovery Plans

The protection group is now configured and the VMs are replicating to the Protected Site. The next step in the SRM deployment is to configure a recovery plan. “A recovery plan is an automated plan for a full or partial disaster recovery failover.” In other words, a recovery plan is like a runbook which is based on a protection group. The SRM recovery plan consists of the following: List of protected VMs included in the […]

Site Recovery Manager

How To: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 8: Protection Groups

After configuring the replication of the virtual machines in SRM we can now create Protection Group(s). So what exactly is a protection group? Well, it’s quite self-explanatory 🙂 “A protection group is a group of virtual machines that fail over together to the recovery site during a test or a recovery procedure.” The protection group can be used in one or multiple recovery plans which we will create later. Protection groups can be Array-based or […]

Site Recovery Manager

How To: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 6: Inventory mappings

Now that the VR infrastructure is up and running we can start to configure the inventory mappings. 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 a mapping of the following objects in the vCenter Server: Resources VM folders Networks Datastores Inventory mapping are not mandatory but highly recommend. In this scenario we will configure the […]