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Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager - Second Edition

Book Description

Learn to bake in disaster recovery readiness for your vSphere Infrastructure using vCenter SRM 6.1, leveraging array-based replication and vSphere Replication 6.1

About This Book

  • This is the first book on the market that provides an extensive disaster recovery solution using the latest vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager
  • Master the skills of protecting your virtual machines by replicating and recovering them in seconds
  • This practical, step-by-step guide will help you protect all your applications with Site Recovery Manager and Replication

Who This Book Is For

If you are a system administrator who is looking for a disaster recovery solution using the latest VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager, this book is perfect for you. You should have a basic knowledge of virtual machines and data center operations.

What You Will Learn

  • Familiarize yourself with disaster recovery concepts and the architecture of vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.
  • Deploy and Configure vCenter Site Recovery Manager to leverage array-based replication and vSphere Replication.
  • Use vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution.
  • Enabling protection of Virtual Machines by creating Protection Groups.
  • Enable orchestration of the recovery of protected virtual machines by creating Recovery Plans.
  • Migrate virtual machine workload from one site to another using Recovery Plans
  • Testing and Performing a failover or failback of Virtual Machines using Recovery Plans
  • Enable vRealize Orchestrator Plugins for SRM and vSphere Replication.

In Detail

VMware vCenter Site Recovery manage is an orchestration tool used to automate 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.

The book begins by talking about the architecture of SRM and guides you through the procedures involved in installing and configuring SRM to leverage array-based replication.

You will then learn how to protect your virtual machines by creating Protection Groups and validate their recoverability by testing recovery plans and even performing failover and failback.

Moving on, you will learn how to install and configure vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution. It also guides you through the procedures involved in configuring SRM to leverage vSphere replication.

Finally, you will learn how to deploy and configure vRealize Orchestrator and its plugin for SRM and vSphere Replication.

Style and approach

This is a practical, step-by-step guide on implementing a disaster recovery solution for your organization using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

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Table of Contents

  1. Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager Second Edition
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager Second Edition
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewer
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. 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. Downloading the color images of this book
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. Installing and Configuring vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.1
      1. Introduction
      2. So what exactly are RPO and RTO?
      3. What is Site Recovery Manager?
        1. Site Recovery Manager(SRM) architecture
          1. Array manager
          2. Storage Replication Adapter (SRA)
      4. Laying the groundwork for an SRM environment
      5. Preparing storage for array-based replication
      6. Host presentation (Zoning) at the protected and the recovery sites
        1. Installing SRM on both the protected and recovery sites
          1. Performing the SRM installation
      7. Pairing SRM sites
      8. Installing the Storage Replication Adapters
        1. Downloading the SRAs
        2. Installing the SRA
      9. Adding array managers and enabling array pairs
      10. Configuring placeholder datastores
      11. Creating resource, folder, and network mappings
        1. Resource mappings
        2. Folder mappings
        3. Network mappings
      12. 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 VM's working directory
      13. Summary
    9. 2. Creating Protection Groups and Recovery Plans
      1. Understanding datastore groups
      2. Understanding protection groups
        1. Storage policy-based protection groups
        2. Creating a protection group
        3. What happens when you create a protection group?
      3. Understanding recovery plans
        1. Creating a recovery plan
      4. Summary
    10. 3. Testing and Performing a Failover and Failback
      1. Testing a recovery plan
        1. Test workflow
        2. Running the test
        3. Testing a recovery plan – background
        4. Performing the cleanup after a test
      2. Performing a planned migration
      3. Performing a disaster recovery (failover)
      4. Performing a forced recovery
        1. Enabling forced recovery for a site
        2. Running a forced recovery
      5. Reprotecting an SRM site
      6. Performing a failback to an SRM protected site
      7. IPv4 customization rules
        1. Creating an IPv4 customization rule
        2. How does SRM use IP customization rules?
      8. Configuring VM recovery properties
        1. IP customization
        2. Recovery properties
        3. Priority group
        4. VM dependencies
        5. Shutdown action
        6. Startup action
        7. Pre-power on and post-power on steps
      9. Summary
    11. 4. Deploying vSphere Replication
      1. Introduction
      2. New features in vSphere Replication 6.1
      3. Understanding the vSphere Replication architecture
      4. Downloading the vSphere Replication bundle
      5. Deploying the vSphere Replication Appliance
        1. How does it work
      6. Setting the VRA hostname and a VRM site name for the VRA
        1. VRA hostname
        2. VRM site name
      7. Configuring a SQL database for VRMS
      8. Deploying a vSphere Replication Server
      9. Registering vSphere Replication Servers
      10. Summary
    12. 5. Configuring and Using vSphere Replication 6.1
      1. Adding a remote site as a target
      2. Configuring replication for a VM to the local/remote site
      3. How does replication work?
      4. Using replication seeds
      5. Monitoring replication
      6. Reconfiguring replication
      7. Changing the target datastore
      8. Pausing an Ongoing replication
      9. Synchronize Data Immediately
      10. Stopping replication on a VM
      11. Moving replication to another VR Server
      12. Recovering virtual machines
      13. Configuring failback for VMs
      14. Using SRM with 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. Preforming a failback (re-protect and failover)
      15. Summary
    13. 6. Using vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to Automate SRM and vSphere Replication
      1. Deploying and configuring vRealize Orchestrator
        1. Downloading vRealize Orchestrator
        2. Deploying vRealize Orchestrator
        3. Using the vRealize Orchestrator client
        4. Configuring vRealize Orchestrator
          1. Configure vRO database
          2. Configure authentication provider
        5. Enabling vRealize Orchestration for a vCenter
          1. Adding a vCenter Server instance to vRO
          2. Registering vRO as a vCenter Server extension
      2. Install vRealize Orchestrator plugins for SRM and vSphere Replication
        1. Downloading the vRO plugins for SRM and vSphere Replication
        2. Installing vRO plugins
      3. Troubleshooting SRM and vSphere Replication
        1. Getting to the logs
          1. Analyzing vSphere Replication logs
          2. Analyzing SRM logs
          3. Increasing the logging level for SRM
          4. Troubleshooting references
      4. Summary
    14. Index