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Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager

Book Description

Learn to deploy and use vSphere Replication 5.5 as a standalone disaster recovery solution and to orchestrate disaster recovery using vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5

In Detail

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager automates disaster recovery in a manner that no other solution does. It is programmed to leverage array-based replication and VMware's proprietary vSphere Replication engine.

This book will familiarize you with the concepts of disaster recovery using vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.

You will learn how to deploy and configure vSphere Replication in the standalone mode to replicate virtual machines. You will also learn how to use vCenter Site Recovery Manager to leverage array-based replication or vSphere Replication, form Recovery Plans and orchestrate them to perform a test, Planned Migration, Failover, or Failback.

What You Will Learn

  • Familiarize yourself with disaster recovery concepts
  • Deploy vCenter Site Recovery Manager
  • Configure vCenter Site Recovery Manager to leverage array-based replication and vSphere Replication
  • Enable the protection of virtual machines by creating Protection Groups
  • Create and test Recovery Plans
  • Migrate virtual machine workload to another site using Recovery Plans
  • Perform a Failover in the event of a disaster
  • Failback the virtual machines to the Protected Site
  • Use vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution

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Table of Contents

  1. Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. Free access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant updates on new Packt books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Installing and Configuring vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.5
      1. Introduction
      2. So what exactly are RPO and RTO?
      3. What is Site Recovery Manager (SRM)?
        1. Architecture
          1. Array manager
          2. Storage Replication Adapter (SRA)
      4. Laying the groundwork for an SRM environment
        1. Preparing storage for an array-based replication
        2. Host presentation (zoning) at the protected and recovery sites
        3. Installing SRM on the protected and recovery sites
          1. Performing the SRM installation
        4. Installing the SRM plugin for vSphere Client
        5. Pairing sites
        6. Installing Storage Replication Adapters
          1. Downloading SRA
          2. Installing SRA
        7. Adding an array manager
        8. Enabling an array pair
        9. Configuring placeholder datastores
        10. Creating resource, folder, and network mappings
          1. Resource mappings
          2. Folder mappings
          3. Network mappings
        11. Virtual machine swap file location
          1. Design choice 1 – separate datastore for the swap files
          2. Design choice 2 – store the swap files in the virtual machines' working directory
      5. Summary
    9. 2. Creating Protection Groups and Recovery Plans
      1. Datastore groups
      2. Protection Groups
      3. Creating a Protection Group
        1. So, what exactly happens when you create a Protection Group?
      4. Recovery Plans
      5. Creating a Recovery Plan
      6. Summary
    10. 3. Testing and Performing a Failover and Failback
      1. Testing a Recovery Plan
        1. How does a test work?
        2. Performing the cleanup after a test
      2. Performing a Planned Migration
      3. Performing a disaster recovery (Failover)
      4. Forced Recovery
        1. Enabling Forced Recovery for a site
        2. Running Forced Recovery
      5. Reprotecting a site
      6. Failback to the protected site
      7. Configuring VM recovery properties
        1. IP settings
        2. Priority Group
        3. VM Dependencies
        4. The Shutdown Action
        5. The Startup Action
        6. The Pre-power On Steps and Post Power On Steps properties
      8. Summary
    11. 4. Deploying vSphere Replication 5.5
      1. Introduction
        1. New features of vSphere Replication 5.5
          1. Multiple points-in-time replication snapshots (historical retention)
          2. Multiple vSphere Replication Server appliances per vCenter
          3. Storage vMotion of protected VMs
          4. Storage profiles and vSAN compatibility
          5. Performance improvement
        2. Understanding the vSphere Replication architecture
      2. Downloading the vSphere Replication bundle
      3. Deploying the vSphere Replication Appliance
        1. How does it work?
      4. Setting up the VRA hostname and a VRM site name for the VRA
        1. The VRA hostname
        2. The VRM site name
      5. Configuring a SQL database for VRMS
      6. Deploying a vSphere Replication Server
      7. Registering vSphere Replication Servers
      8. Summary
    12. 5. Configuring and Using vSphere Replication 5.5
      1. Adding a remote site as a target
      2. Configuring the replication of a VM to the local site
      3. Configuring the replication of a VM to a remote site
      4. How does replication work?
      5. Using the replication seeds
      6. Monitoring a replication
      7. Reconfiguring a replication
      8. Changing the target datastore
      9. Pausing an ongoing replication
      10. Synchronizing data immediately
      11. Stopping a replication on a VM
      12. Moving a replication to another VR Server
      13. Recovering virtual machines
        1. Recover with recent changes
        2. Recover with the latest available data
      14. Configuring a Failback for virtual machines
      15. Configuring SRM to leverage vSphere Replication
        1. Creating a vSphere Replication Protection Group
        2. Creating a vSphere Replication Recovery Plan
        3. Testing a vSphere Replication Recovery Plan
        4. Performing a Recovery or a Planned Migration
        5. Performing a Failback (reprotect and Failover)
      16. Summary
    13. Index