Site Recovery Manager – A Proven Test

Okay, so the key thing with any Disaster Recovery solution is to test it to make sure that it works… the unfortunate situation is that most companies will not allow you to go ahead and power down the production systems to confirm that Disaster Recovery will work.  This therefore means that we have to come up with solutions to try […]

VMware SRM – Failed to Sync data on Replica Devices

I came across an interesting situation when performing a Test recovery using VMware SRM, I received the following error: I performed a quick google to try to find a solution to the error message but there wasn’t anything listed, the only suggested solution I could find was to uninstall VMware SRM, reinstall it using a new database… this was not […]

Part 10 – Recovery and Failback

The final stage of our process is to go ahead and perform a failover and failback of some virtual machines.  This should be performed using an unimportant virtual machine… please note that during the recovery and failback process, the source virtual machine will be powered off and therefore there will be a network outage to the virtual machine. Once you […]

Part 9 – Testing Recovery Plan

The next stage is to test our recovery plan.  You should always test the recovery plan prior to performing a recovery (unless you are in a situation where testing isn’t possible).  The testing will identify any problems that need to be rectified prior to performing a real failover. Under the ‘Recovery Plans’ section of the SRM portal, click the ‘Protection […]

Part 8 – Recovery Plans

Now we reach the stage of creating a recovery plan. Click ‘Recovery Plans’ in the Site Recovery Manager portal Click ‘Create Recovery Plan’ You are now asked to select the site where the VMs will be recovered, select the desired site, then click ‘Next’ Now you should tick the ‘Protection Groups’ to be included in this recovery plan to select […]

Part 7 – Protection Groups

It’s now time to create a protection group, this is the group of virtual machines we want to have protected and replicated to the second location. Click the ‘Protection Groups’ option at the bottom of the screen Click the ‘Create Protection Group’ button at the top of the screen Select the protected site and the array pair created earlier, then […]

Part 6 – Site Recovery Manager Inventory Mappings

This stage is all about configuring the Inventory Mappings.  This includes resource mappings, folder mappings, network mappings and placeholder datastores.  This is basically linking the resources being used at the protected site with the resources to be used at the recovery site. Resource Mappings Make sure that you are in the ‘Site Recovery Manager’ section of the vSphere client and […]