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SRM Troubleshooting

SRM Troubleshooting

Unfortunately, not all software is perfect and from time to time I’ve run into issues with SRM as well.  This post is a list of items I often see during SRM deployments and some information to troubleshoot issues. Log File Locations SRM Logs:  c:programDataVMwareVMware vCenter Site Recovery ManagerLogs Installation logs:  %USERPROFILE%Application DataVMwareVMware Site Recovery ManagerLogs… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 now with Automation!

SRM 5.8 now with Automation!

SRM version 5.8 now is now extensible with vRealize Orchestrator (formerly vCenter Orchestrator).  This new functionality was expected since the vRealize Suite is all about automation and disaster recovery certainly needs to be taken into consideration. One pain point I’ve seen with SRM has been the ongoing administration of protection groups.  Every time a virtual… Continue Reading

SRM 5.5 to 5.8 Upgrade

SRM 5.5 to 5.8 Upgrade

If you’ve got SRM 5.5 installed and you want to get the new SRM 5.8 code into your environment, don’t worry.  The upgrade process is pretty easy to manage.  The important thing to note is the upgrade order and of course your compatibility matrix.  Remember that you need vCenter 5.5 U2 or higher to get… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 Customizing Your Recovery Plan

SRM 5.8 Customizing Your Recovery Plan

A customized recovery plan means the difference between hoursdays of reconfiguration of your environment in the event of a failure.  VMware SRM allows for lots of opportunity to customize your recovery plans with scripts and modifications along the way to ease the management of your disaster recovery plans. Run Scripts from SRM Server If we open… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 Alarms

SRM 5.8 Alarms

Setting up some alerting is a good idea once you’ve setup your disaster recovery solution.  Let’s face it once you’ve tested your DR solution, you might not look at it again until your next test, which in some cases is yearly! To setup alarms for SRM in version 5.8 navigate to the vCenter object and… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 Test Recovery

SRM 5.8 Test Recovery

“Your disaster recovery plan is only as good as it’s last test.” “If you haven’t tested your DR plan, then you don’t have a DR plan.” These are all statements I’ve heard in the industry from CIOs and directors, and lucky for us VMware Site Recovery Manager has a test functionality built in for us… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 Failover

SRM 5.8 Failover

A terrible thing has happened and it’s time to failover your datacenter to your disaster recovery site.  Well, maybe you’re just migrating your datacenter to a new one, but this is always a bit of a tense situation.  Luckily we’ve had the opportunity to test the failovers many, many times before so we can be… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 IP Customization

SRM 5.8 IP Customization

Some companies have built out their disaster recovery site with a stretched layer 2 network or even a disjoint layer 2 network that shares the same IP addresses with their production sites.  This is great because VMs don’t need to change IP Addresses if there is a failover event.  This post goes over what options… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 Recovery Plan

SRM 5.8 Recovery Plan

A recovery plan is the orchestration piece of Site Recovery Manager and likely the main reason for purchasing the product.  All of the setup that’s been done prior to creating the recovery plans is necessary but the recovery plan is where magic happens. When we go to the Recovery Plans menu in Site Recovery, we’ll… Continue Reading

SRM 5.8 Protection Groups

SRM 5.8 Protection Groups

SRM Sites and resource mappings are all done.  It’s time to create some Protection Groups for our new VMware Site Recovery Manager deployment. A protection group is a collection of virtual machines that should be failed over together.  For instance, you may want all of your Microsoft Exchange servers to fail over together, or you may… Continue Reading