Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0

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  • Copyright: 2011-12-28
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As businesses deepen their dependency on VMware and virtualized infrastructure, they are increasingly recognizing an urgent need to update and automate their business continuity plans to reflect this massive shift. One product can help them do so: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0. Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0is a complete guide to using SRM 5.0 with both VMware and third-party products. Internationally respected VMware instructor Mike Laverick is singularly well-qualified to write this book: he has published books on SRM 1.0 and 4.0, and hosts one of the world's most successful VMware tutorial sites. In this practical, technical book, he covers every aspect of SRM installation, configuration, and usage. Laverick walks step-by-step through setting up the product, thoroughly covering both failover and fallback processes. He offers candid insights into SRM 5.0's strengths and weaknesses, and identifies common problems - showing why they happen, how to avoid them, and how to quickly resolve them. Fully up-to-date for SRM 5.0, this book contains especially detailed coverage of VMware's powerful new Host-Based Replication (HBR) feature. Laverick also covers setup and configuration of storage replication from key VMware partners, including Dell, EMC, NetApp, and HP - presenting techniques that are essential for Site Recovery Manager to function.

Author Biography

Mike Laverick, a former freelance VMware Certified Instructor, is a full-time author/blogger/podcaster/speaker with eighteen years of experience in VMware and related technologies. Now a VMware forum moderator and member of the London VMware User Group, he runs the virtualization website and blog RTFM Education, which publishes free guides and utilities for VMware users. Laverick has been honored with VMware’s vExpert award, assisted Irish and Scottish VMware user groups, and has published several books on VMware technologies.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Author xxiii


Chapter 1: Introduction to Site Recovery Manager 1

What’s New in Site Recovery Manager 5.0 1

A Brief History of Life before VMware SRM 5

What Is Not a DR Technology? 7

What Is VMware SRM? 10

What about File Level Consistency? 11

Principles of Storage Management and Replication 12

Summary 19


Chapter 2: Getting Started with Dell EqualLogic Replication 21

Creating an EqualLogic iSCSI Volume 23

Granting ESXi Host Access to the EqualLogic iSCSI Volume 26

Enabling Replication for EqualLogic 31

Using EqualLogic Host Integration for VMware Edition (HIT-VE) 39

Summary 42


Chapter 3: Getting Started with EMC Celerra Replication 43

Creating an EMC Celerra iSCSI Target 46

Granting ESX Host Access to the EMC Celerra iSCSI Target 51

Creating a New File System 56

Creating an iSCSI LUN 59

Configuring Celerra Replication 64

Summary 72


Chapter 4: Getting Started with EMC CLARiiON MirrorView 73

Creating a Reserved LUN Pool 75

Creating an EMC LUN 78

Configuring EMC MirrorView 80

Creating a Snapshot for SRM Tests 85

Creating Consistency Groups (Recommended) 88

Granting ESX Host Access to CLARiiON LUNs 90

Using the EMC Virtual Storage Integrator Plug-in (VSI) 93

Summary 95


Chapter 5: Getting Started with the HP StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance with Remote Copy 97

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the HP P4000 VSA 98

Downloading and Uploading the VSA 100

Configuring the VSA (Management Groups, Clusters, and Volumes) 108

Adding ESX Hosts and Allocating Volumes to Them 120

Summary 129


Chapter 6: Getting Started with NetApp SnapMirror 131

Provisioning NetApp NFS Storage for VMware ESXi 133

Creating NetApp Volumes for Fibre Channel and iSCSI 139

Configuring NetApp SnapMirror 147

Introducing the Virtual Storage Console (VSC) 155

Summary 158


Chapter 7: Installing VMware SRM 161

Architecture of the VMware SRM 161

Setting Up the VMware SRM Database with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 180

Installing the VMware SRM Server 186

Summary 199


Chapter 8: Configuring vSphere Replication (Optional) 201

How vSphere Replication Works 201

vSphere Replication Limitations 203

Installing vSphere Replication 205

Enabling and Monitoring vSphere Replication 217

Summary 223


Chapter 9: Configuring the Protected Site 225

Connecting the Protected and Recovery Site SRMs 226

Configuring Inventory Mappings 231

Assigning Placeholder Datastores 237

Configuring Array Managers: An Introduction 241

Creating Protection Groups 257

Failure to Protect a Virtual Machine 262

Summary 267


Chapter 10: Recovery Site Confi guration 269

Creating a Basic Full-Site Recovery Plan 269

Testing Storage Configuration at the Recovery Site 273

Practice Exercise: First Recovery Plan Test 281

Cleaning Up after a Recovery Plan Test 283

Controlling and Troubleshooting Recovery Plans 285

Recovery Plans and the Storage Array Vendors 291

Summary 295


Chapter 11: Custom Recovery Plans 297

Controlling How VMs Power On 299

Adding Additional Steps to a Recovery Plan 309

Configuring IP Address Changes for Recovery Virtual Machines 329

Managing Changes at the Protected Site 337

Multiple Protection Groups and Multiple Recovery Plans 350

The Lost Repair Array Managers Button 354

Summary 354


Chapter 12: Alarms, Exporting History, and Access Control 357

vCenter Linked Mode and Site Recovery Manager 357

Alarms Overview 360

Exporting and History 366

Access Control 368

Summary 372


Chapter 13: Bidirectional Relationships and Shared Site Configurations 375

Configuring Inventory Mappings 376

Refreshing the Array Manager 378

Creating the Protection Group 380

Creating the Recovery Plan 381

Using vApps to Control Start-Up Orders 381

Shared Site Confi gurations 384

Installing VMware SRM with Custom Options to the New Site (Washington DC) 387

Installing VMware SRM Server with Custom Options to the Recovery Site 390

Pairing the Sites Together 392

Decommissioning a Site 394

Summary 394


Chapter 14: Failover and Failback 397

Planned Failover: Protected Site Is Available 400

Unplanned Failover 415

Summary 421


Chapter 15: Scripting Site Recovery 423

Scripted Recovery for a Test 425

Summary 432


Chapter 16: Upgrading from SRM 4.1 to SRM 5.0 433

Upgrading vSphere 435

Upgrading Site Recovery Manager 451

Summary 463


Index 465

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