Site Recovery Manager

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Site Recovery Manager

Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (SRM) pairs data center sites and provides replication and disaster recovery (DR) for VMware virtual infrastructure.

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vSphere Replication

vSphere Replication (VR), shown in the lower right, is a new feature in SRM 5.0 and enables DR without requiring more expensive, hardware array-based replication.

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Configuring the Replication Process

This test configured VR to run with a relatively generous four-hour recovery point objective that reduced network and system resource use, but created a greater exposure on the ability to recover the system.

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Defining Protection Groups

Protection groups are collections of virtual machines and templates that are used to help determine how the recovery plan will work.

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Priority Group

Priority Groups determine the restart order and can include dependencies.

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Customize IP Address Assignments

VM IP address assignments can be handled by SRM according to rules included in the recovery plan.

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Recovery Steps

Live action status shows the overall progress of the recovery plan.

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Recovery Plan Report

The Recovery Plan history report shows what happened at each step of a recovery plan run.

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Planned Migration

Planned migration is a new feature of SRM that can run a recovery plan, but will gracefully stop if an error is encountered.

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Migration in Process

The live action recovery screen shows that the planned migration is going according to plan.

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Panic Button

Once a disaster recovery operation is initiated, the process permanently alters both VMs and the virtual infrastructure, and thus requires additional confirmation before SRM will begin execution.

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