Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager


Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager
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  • Learn how to deploy and use vSphere Replication as a standalone disaster recovery solution.
  • Configure SRM to leverage array-based or vSphere replication engine.
  • Use SRM to orchestrate the execution of recovery plans.

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 162 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : May 2014
ISBN : 1782176446
ISBN 13 : 9781782176442
Author(s) : Abhilash GB
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Virtualization and Cloud, Enterprise


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.5
Chapter 2: Creating Protection Groups and Recovery Plans
Chapter 3: Testing and Performing a Failover and Failback
Chapter 4: Deploying vSphere Replication 5.5
Chapter 5: Configuring and Using vSphere Replication 5.5
Index
  • Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.5
    • Introduction
    • So what exactly are RPO and RTO?
    • What is Site Recovery Manager (SRM)?
      • Architecture
        • Array manager
        • Storage Replication Adapter (SRA)
    • Laying the groundwork for an SRM environment
      • Preparing storage for an array-based replication
      • Host presentation (zoning) at the protected and recovery sites
      • Installing SRM on the protected and recovery sites
        • Performing the SRM installation
      • Installing the SRM plugin for vSphere Client
      • Pairing sites
      • Installing Storage Replication Adapters
        • Downloading SRA
        • Installing SRA
      • Adding an array manager
      • Enabling an array pair
      • Configuring placeholder datastores
      • Creating resource, folder, and network mappings
        • Resource mappings
        • Folder mappings
        • Network mappings
      • Virtual machine swap file location
        • Design choice 1 – separate datastore for the swap files
        • Design choice 2 – store the swap files in the virtual machines' working directory
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Testing and Performing a Failover and Failback
    • Testing a Recovery Plan
      • How does a test work?
      • Performing the cleanup after a test
    • Performing a Planned Migration
    • Performing a disaster recovery (Failover)
    • Forced Recovery
      • Enabling Forced Recovery for a site
      • Running Forced Recovery
    • Reprotecting a site
    • Failback to the protected site
    • Configuring VM recovery properties
      • IP settings
      • Priority Group
      • VM Dependencies
      • The Shutdown Action
      • The Startup Action
      • The Pre-power On Steps and Post Power On Steps properties
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Deploying vSphere Replication 5.5
    • Introduction
      • New features of vSphere Replication 5.5
        • Multiple points-in-time replication snapshots (historical retention)
        • Multiple vSphere Replication Server appliances per vCenter
        • Storage vMotion of protected VMs
        • Storage profiles and vSAN compatibility
        • Performance improvement
      • Understanding the vSphere Replication architecture
    • Downloading the vSphere Replication bundle
    • Deploying the vSphere Replication Appliance
      • How does it work?
    • Setting up the VRA hostname and a VRM site name for the VRA
      • The VRA hostname
      • The VRM site name
    • Configuring a SQL database for VRMS
    • Deploying a vSphere Replication Server
    • Registering vSphere Replication Servers
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Configuring and Using vSphere Replication 5.5
    • Adding a remote site as a target
    • Configuring the replication of a VM to the local site
    • Configuring the replication of a VM to a remote site
    • How does replication work?
    • Using the replication seeds
    • Monitoring a replication
    • Reconfiguring a replication
    • Changing the target datastore
    • Pausing an ongoing replication
    • Synchronizing data immediately
    • Stopping a replication on a VM
    • Moving a replication to another VR Server
    • Recovering virtual machines
      • Recover with recent changes
      • Recover with the latest available data
    • Configuring a Failback for virtual machines
    • Configuring SRM to leverage vSphere Replication
      • Creating a vSphere Replication Protection Group
      • Creating a vSphere Replication Recovery Plan
      • Testing a vSphere Replication Recovery Plan
      • Performing a Recovery or a Planned Migration
      • Performing a Failback (reprotect and Failover)
    • Summary

Abhilash GB

Abhilash GB is an author, a designer, and a VMware vExpert 2014, who specializes in the areas of Data Center Virtualization and cloud computing. He is a VMware Certifi ed Advanced Professional in Data Center Administration (VCAP4-DCA and VCAP5-DCA). He has been in the IT industry for nearly a decade, and he has been working on VMware products and technologies since the start of 2007. He is also the author of VMware vSphere 5.1 Cookbook, Packt Publishing. He is a passionate author who's willing to contribute more titles to the VMware community, and also an aspiring engineer always ready to indulge in designing and creating great solutions for customers.
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What you will learn from this book

  • 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

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 confi gure 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.

Approach

This is a step-by-step guide that will help you understand disaster recovery using VMware vSphere Replication 5.5 and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.5. The topics and configuration procedures are accompanied with relevant screenshots, flow-charts, and logical diagrams that makes grasping the concepts easier.

Who this book is for

This book is a guide for anyone who is keen on using vSphere Replication or vCenter Site Recovery Manager as a disaster recovery solution. This is an excellent handbook for solution architects, administrators, on-field engineers, and support professionals. Although the book assumes that the reader has some basic knowledge of data center virtualization using VMware vSphere, it can still be a very good reference for anyone who is new to virtualization.

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