Site Recovery Manager

How to: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 5: VRM Pairing and VR Deployment

Now that the VRM Servers are deployed at the Protected Site and the Recovery Site, it’s time to pair both servers. When the pairing is completed we will be able to deploy the VR Servers, one for each site. This will enable us to fail over from the Protected Site to the Recovery Site. In a large environment, consider deploying more instances of VR Servers for extra availability and flexibility. In SRM 5, each VR […]

Site Recovery Manager

How to: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 4: vSphere Replication

Now that the connection between the Protected and Recovery Site is established, we can start deploying the vSphere Replication (VR) but before that, the VR infrastructure must be configured and operational. The VR infrastructure consists of the following components: VRM Server: provides the management of the VR Servers across the ESXi hosts VR Server: replicates the virtual machines between sites vCenter Server Managed IP Address First, configure the vCenter Server Managed IP address. The managed IP […]

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How to: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 3: Site Pairing

In the previous part we have installed the SRM 5 software and enabled the plug-in for SRM management. Next step in the SRM 5 deployment is site pairing which is basically connecting both SRM instances with each other. Keep in mind that only one Recovery Site can be connected to one Protected Site. Let’s see how site pairing works. Site Pairing Login to the vCenter Server on the Protected Site and navigate to the Site […]

Site Recovery Manager

How To: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 2: Installation

In the previous part I created a database and an ODBC connection for the deployment of SRM 5. In this part we will focus on the installation process of SRM 5 which is quite straightforward if all of the prerequisites are met. After the installation we will have to download and enable the VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Extension plug-in for administration of SRM 5. Installation Login to the vCenter Server, locally or through RDP, […]

Site Recovery Manager

How to: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 1: Preparation

The last couple of weeks I have been playing around with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 in my home lab after attending the vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage course. As you all probably know, SRM is an end-to-end disaster recovery product that automates the recovery of VMs that reside on replicated LUNs. The version 5 of SRM comes with vSphere Replication (VR for short) which is a technique that copies the VMs […]


How to install Dell MD Storage Array vCenter Plug-in.

The Dell Modular Disk Storage Array vCenter Management Plug-in is a plug-in for your vCenter (doh! 🙂 ) that provides integrated management of Dell MD series of storage arrays through the vSphere Client. This plug-in allows you to configure the hosts with the storage arrays and to create, map, and delete virtual disks from the storage arrays. It also allows you to create hardware snapshots, virtual disk copies, and remote replication but these are premium […]


How to: Install & configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is a new product from VMware which enables you to run a preconfigured vCenter Server as an appliance in your vSphere environment. The appliance is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and comes pre-packaged in OVF, ZIP or VMX format. This provides a low-cost alternative to the “classic” Windows based vCenter Server. The vCSA is packaged with an embedded database that supports up to 5 hosts and 50 […]


Assign a static MAC Address to a Virtual Machine on VMware infrastructure.

A few days ago I was P2V’ing some servers for a customer. The servers had application license bound to the MAC address of the NIC adapter so I had to change the auto-generated MAC address to a static one. Follow these steps to change the MAC address from auto-generated to static. First, remove the VM from the vCenter Server inventory. Open the datastore containing the VM and download the .vmx file. Optionally, make a back-up […]