Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Multi Site SRM Configuration

We are in process of setting up an Multisite recovery for a customer with following setup. We have manage to put together following procedure for installation and configuration

Setup

2  - VMware vCenter 5.1 @ Production
2 - VMware SRM 5.1 @ Production
1 - VMware vCenter 5.1 @ Recovery
2 - VMware SRM 5.1 @ Recovery

Procedure

Installing SRM Servers at Production site:

SRM-1:

  ·    Install the SRM executable from command prompt /V"CUSTOM_SETUP=1"
  ·   When it ask ’s to enter vCenter Server Address and Credentials, enter the details of First vCenter Server
 ;·   You would see couple of additional steps, where installation will ask you to select the type of SRM Plug-in Identifier. Choose the option Custom SRM Plug-in Identifier. When you click on next, it will ask you for SRM ID, Organization, and Description. The SRM ID (Ex: SRM.for.Site1), which you entered here, the same SRM ID has to be used, when installing DR site SRM1.

SRM-2:

  ·   Install the SRM executable from command prompt /V"CUSTOM_SETUP=1"
  ·  When it ask ‘s to enter vCenter Server Address and Credentials, enter the details of Second vCenter Server
  ·    You would see couple of additional steps, where installation will ask you to select the type of SRM Plug-in Identifier. Choose the option Custom SRM Plug-in Identifier. When you click on next, it will ask you for SRM ID, Organization, and Description. The SRM ID (Ex: SRM.for.Site2), which you entered here, the same SRM ID has to be used, when installing DR site SRM2.

Note: Each SRM server should have its own database.

Installing SRM Servers at Recovery site:

SRM-1:
  ·   Install the SRM executable from command prompt /V"CUSTOM_SETUP=1"
  · When it ask ‘s to enter vCenter Server Address and Credentials, enter the details of DR vCenter Server
  ·  You would see couple of additional steps, where installation will ask you to select the type of SRM Plug-in Identifier. Choose the option Custom SRM Plug-in Identifier. When you click on next, it will ask you for SRM ID, Organization, and Description. The SRM ID, which you entered here, should be same as the SRM ID, which you had entered, when installing PROD site SRM1

SRM-2:

  ·   Install the SRM executable from command prompt /V"CUSTOM_SETUP=1"
  ·  When it ask ‘s to enter vCenter Server Address and Credentials, enter the details of DR vCenter Server
  ·  You would see couple of additional steps, where installation will ask you to select the type of SRM Plug-in Identifier. Choose the option Custom SRM Plug-in Identifier. When you click on next, it will ask you for SRM ID, Organization, and Description. The SRM ID, which you entered here, should be same as the SRM ID, which you had entered, when installing PROD site SRM2

Note: Each SRM server should have its own database.

You can also refer the below video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSqJNZUWABI


VMWare SRM 5.X Observation

Setup

VMware vCenter 5.1
ESXi 5.1 GA build (799733)
SRM 5.1

Issue/Observation

Replicated Datastore had an additional vmdk for a Virtual Machine which was on non-replicated datastore. It didn’t display in Protection Group (obviously as it didn’t find vmx file )and also SRM didn’t throw up any Error of any issues/misconfiguration until we ran Test Recovery then it threw following Error that’s when we realized that we have an additional vmdk in a datastore. I have also put in a request for feature as well

Virtual machines "ABC" that are not protected by this protection group use datastores "XXX" that are in this protection group