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SRM Protection Group Design Considerations

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When designing vCenter Site Recovery Manager environments the question of how to organize Protection Groups (PG) frequently comes up. In this post we’ll review what a protection group is, where it fits in the context of SRM and the factors to keep in mind when deciding how to organize them. Read more...

SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication

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UPDATE: a new article has been published that supersedes this one.  If you have reached this page through a search or bookmark, then read the following article instead: SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication (new version)   SRM supports two different replication technologies, Storage Array or Array-Based Replication and vSphere Replication. One of the key decisions when Read more...

SRM 6.0 is now GA – What’s New?

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Now that Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.0 is available for download, here is an overview of the latest features, additions and improvements: Improved interoperability with Storage DRS and Storage vMotion Simplified SSL certificate requirements Full integration with vSphere 6.0 IP customization enhancements Read more...

Site Recovery Manager 5.8 is now GA – What’s new?

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Yesterday VMware announced the GA of Site Recovery Manager 5.8. There are a number of great additions and improvements and I’m going to cover them here briefly. Full Web Client Integration The most visible change is that SRM 5.8 is fully integrated as a plug-in with the vSphere Web Client. In addition to not having Read more...

Site Recovery Manager – Changing a placeholder datastore

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The idea of changing a Placeholder Datastore in SRM has come up a few times in internal discussions recently and there was some confusion around how to deal with it so I wanted to put something together to clarify things. As a quick refresher, Placeholder Datastores are used to contain the Placeholder VM files at Read more...

vSphere HA VM Monitoring – Back to Basics

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In my experience as a customer, partner and working for VMware, I’ve found HA VM monitoring to be an incredibly helpful feature that I am consistently surprised is not used more. It is easy to turn on, provides an additional layer of protection for your VMs and just works. So why don’t more people use Read more...

Installing vSphere App HA 1.0 – Part 3 of 3

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Time for Part 3, we are almost done! Here are links if you are looking for Part 1 or Part 2 Deploying the Hyperic Agent(s) You only need to do this on VMs with applications you want to protect. For additional guidance on these steps and details for how to install multiple agents simultaneously see: Read more...

Installing vSphere App HA 1.0 – Part 2 of 3

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In Part 1 we installed the Hyperic and App HA vApps. Now we are going to setup App HA in vCenter and install the Hyperic agent on the vCenter server so that all of our pieces are communicating properly with each other. Setting up App HA – additional details on this are available in the vSphere Read more...

Installing vSphere App HA 1.0 – Part 1 of 3

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I recently installed App HA in my lab and found some of the documentation unclear and at times hard to follow. I’m going to work with our Tech Pubs group to improve it. In the meantime I wanted to share what I learned to help make your installation easier. First, pay attention to the pre-reqs! Read more...