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 Groups’ tab
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  • You can now click the ‘Test’ link
  • You are shown a confirmation screen that you are performing a test (notice the warning triangle)
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  • Click ‘Next’ to continue
  • You will now receive a summary screen of what is going to happen, click ‘Start’ to begin the test
  • You can watch the progress of the test using the ‘Recovery Steps’ tab
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  • You will also see the virtual machine become powered on at the destination location, whilst the original virtual machine is still powered on at the source location
  • Everything should appear to be completed in ‘Green’ if the test has been successful.  Once you are happy that the testing has been completed successfully, click the ‘Cleanup’ link to clear down the test environment and make the machines available for full recovery again.
  • Step through the wizard to perform the cleanup.

This ends Part 9 of our instructions… please click here to continue to Part 10 or here to return to the 10-part Site Recovery Manager menu.

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I have been in IT for the past 15 years and using virtualisation technologies for around the past 8 years. I started, as quite a lot of people do, working with PCs after playing with such iconic systems like the ZX81, ZX Spectrum and then progressing through 386s, 486s, Pentiums etc. After being headhunted at sixth form to work for a small company based around Hertfordshire, UK. I began working with small businesses and gaining a lot of hardware experience. Three years later, after helping to increase the size of the business, I needed to gain exposure to a larger environment to progress my own career. I joined a large manufacturing company around Electronic Test and Measurement which progressed my skills onto more PC work, hardware work and then onto Server Operating Systems. I progressed again onto a consultancy company based in Reading, UK. Initially working as an engineer performing hardware / software installations for larger companies contracted out to the consultancy company, I moved up into a Consultant position continuing my travel across the UK assisting and providing solutions to companies. I finally moved on again to my current position, working back in Hertfordshire, UK. Again working for a large manufacturing company, this time with over 50,000 users worldwide. I am responsible for the datacenter hardware, the storage environment, the vmware environment and also implementing their new Citrix XenApp farm. My days are busy but also productive, its a friendly environment and in my four years of being with the company, I have seen many changes in technology and infrastructure in use within the company. About the site I started this site as I had been thinking of having more of a presence on the web for a while. On a daily basis, I perform tasks and use tools that others may not use or may not think to do and therefore I thought that I would share some of these experiences and tips with others to help with their day to day work. Currently, my main focus of work is around VMware and Veeam Backup & Replication but hopefully as my tasks progress, I’ll be able to share useful bits of information about other areas of IT as well.

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