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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...

How fast can you recover 1000 VMs with SRM?

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To answer the question in the title, very fast. Here is a 2 minute video I recently recorded showing SRM recovering 1000 VMs in less than 26 minutes. This was done with SRM 6.5, vSphere Replication 6.5 and vSAN 6.5. It isn’t so much to show what results you will achieve, rather what vSphere, vSAN, vCenter, Read more...

SRM SPPG Resources

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Storage Policy-Based Protection Groups (SPPGs) are a very helpful to Site Recovery Manager and I wrote a detailed post about them here. Just as a quick reminder of what they are, SPPGs make the protection of VMs and datastores simple and dynamic. Need to protect a VM? Associate it with a storage policy and place it onto Read more...

Recovery Testing and SRM

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The ability to non-disruptively test a recovery plan is one of the most powerful features of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Frequent testing reduces risk by reducing drift between plans and desired behavior. It also provides the confidence that if a disaster strikes you are ready, knowing how SRM and your applications will respond.   Read more...

What’s New in VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.5

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VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.5 is an exciting release for VMware. We’ve added a number of cool features that make it easier to use and monitor SRM. We’ve also done a number of things to allow SRM to interoperate more and better with other VMware products. All of these improvements enhance what is already the premier Read more...

vSphere Replication Traffic Isolation

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  If you are using or looking at using vSphere Replication you may have concerns about managing and/or isolating your replication traffic. This post will walk through the available options and provide instructions for how to take advantage of them. Note that this configuration requires vSphere Replication version 6.0 or later. To understand how to Read more...