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More SRM and vSphere Replication FAQs and Answers

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Here are a few more questions and answers that I recently added to the SRM FAQ: Do I need to have VMtools installed on my VMs? Having VMtools installed on VMs recovered by SRM is not required, though it is helpful. SRM will use VMtools for a few things related to recovery: VMtools will be used Read more...

Site Recovery Manager Configuration Export/Import Capability

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The ability to export and import the configuration of Site Recovery Manager 8.1 is one of the best new features in this release as it helps customers reduce risk and simplify configuration. It has the capability of exporting and importing the entire configuration of SRM including Recovery Plans, Protection Groups, individual VM configuration settings, inventory Read more...
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Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication FAQs

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I get questions about SRM and VR every day and if the same question comes up more than once I document it in the SRM FAQ or vSphere Replication FAQ. If you have questions about either SRM or VR I recommend looking there first. Now and in the coming months, I’m going to highlight some Read more...

What’s New with SRM and vSphere Replication 8.1

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Wow is this an exciting release! The SRM and VR developers went all out and I’m thrilled to share the details of their accomplishments with you. They focused on a number of enhancements that customers have been asking about and did a fantastic job delivering. In this post, I’m going to cover these features at Read more...

New VMware Site Recovery Demo Videos

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VMware Site Recovery, the newly announced DRaaS solution for VMware Cloud on AWS has been getting a lot of attention and a lot of questions about it. Here are 3 new videos covering VMware Site Recovery from end-to-end available now on the VMware Storage YouTube channel. The first video covers the process of enabling the Read more...

VMware Site Recovery Technical Overview

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VMware Site Recovery brings VMware enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Disaster Recovery as a Service to the AWS Cloud. It enables customers to protect and recover applications without the requirement for a dedicated secondary site. It is delivered, sold, supported, maintained and managed by VMware as an on-demand service. IT teams manage their cloud-based resources with Read more...

SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication

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SRM supports two different replication technologies, Storage Array or Array-Based Replication and vSphere Replication. One of the key decisions when implementing SRM is which technology to use and for what VMs. The two technologies can be used together in an SRM environment though not to protect the same VM. Given that, what are the differences Read more...

Recovery Testing and SRM pt 2 – Alternatives

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  The previous post in this series discussed the recovery plan test process built into SRM. In this post I’ll talk about some alternative methods of testing SRM recovery plans as well as recommendations around SRM and testing. SRM has a robust method of testing the operation of a recovery plan non-disruptively. However, for some customers and Read more...

OVF Choices When Deploying vSphere Replication 6.5

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VMware vSphere Replication 6.5 is the latest version of vSphere Replication (VR) released with vSphere 6.5, vCenter Server 6.5, and Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.5. VR is a host-based virtual machine (VM) replication solution that works with nearly any storage type supported by vSphere. VR is deployed as a virtual appliance using an Open Virtualization Read more...