How To Install and Configure vSphere App HA – Part 3

In the two previous parts, we installed and configured the vSphere App HA so it is now up and running. Time for some testing! In my setup, I have a Windows 2003 virtual machine running Microsoft SQL Server. Before we can protect the VM we must install the Hyperic Agent first. Install Hyperic Agent Download the appropriate Hyperic Agent installation file from VMware first. Execute the EXE file, in my case vCenter-hyperic-hqee-agent-5.8.1.exe. Click Next on […]

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PowerCLI Basics – Backup and Restore ESXi Configuration Data

Here is a quick post on how to backup and restore the ESXi configuration data using PowerCLI. Cmdlets used and the corresponding reference page: Get-VMHostFirmware Set-VMHostFirmware Backup First, connect to the vCenter Server with the PowerCLI C:\> Connect-VIServer command and enter your credentials. Backup the configuration data with PowerCLI C:\> Get-VMHostFirmware -VMHost <IP_or_FQDN> -BackupConfiguration -DestinationPath <Path> For example: PowerCLI C:\> Get-VMHostFirmware -VMHost -BackupConfiguration -DestinationPath D:\Configs\esx03 The backup file will be saved as a .tgz […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How To: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 7: VM Replication

Before we can protect a single virtual machine or a group of virtual machines, the virtual machine files need to be replicated from the Protected Site to the Recovery Site. Since we have already set up a VR infrastructure we will proceed using this mechanism. In this case, we will skip the replication configuration of a single VM and concentrate on configuring replication of multiple VMs since it’s the most common setup in a virtual […]

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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 […]

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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 […]