SRM - Site Recovery Manager
What is VMware Site Recovery
VMware Site Recovery brings VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Disaster Recovery as a Service to the AWS Cloud. It enables customers to protect and recover applications without the requirement for a dedicated secondary site. It is delivered, sold, supported, maintained and managed by VMware as an on-demand service.VMware Site Recovery works in conjunction with VMware Site Recovery Manager and VMware vSphere Replication to automate the process of recovering, testing, re-protecting, and failing-back virtual machine workloads. VMware Site Recovery can address multiple DR use cases for organizations, and it can be used between a customer’s datacenters/remote locations and a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC or between two SDDCs deployed in different AWS availability zones or regions.
Activate the Site Recovery Add On
To use the VMware Site Recovery service, you must activate VMware Site Recovery at the recovery site on VMware Cloud on AWS. If VMware Cloud on AWS serves as both the protected and recovery sites, it will need to be activated in both SDDCs.
- For the selected SDDC, Click on the Add Ons tab
Under the Site Recovery Add On, Click the ACTIVATE button
If you need to download Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication for the on-premises installation, click the download link to open the page that will be used in the following step.
Unless you are doing a shared recovery site configuration with multiple protected sites and one recovery site, leave the Default extension ID option selected. For more information, see the VMware Site Recovery documentation.
*Default extension ID: Use this option when you deploy Site Recovery Manager in a standard configuration with one protected site and one recovery site.* *Custom extension ID: Use this option when you deploy Site Recovery Manager in a shared recovery site configuration, with multiple protected sites and one recovery site. For more details, see the Site Recovery Manager documentation.*
Click ACTIVATE to install the VMware Site Recovery and vSphere Replication components into the SDDC.
The activation process takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Download and Install Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication On-Prem
If you don’t have vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager already installed in your on-premises location, you will need to download those components and install them. If you do have them installed, be sure to review the Site Recovery Documentation & Compatibility Matrices to ensure the versions you have on-prem are compatible with the versions installed into the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.
On the page that was opened to download the on-premises components, click GO TO DOWNLOADS (note that the selected version depicted in the screenshot may be different)
Click DOWNLOAD NOW to download the Site Recovery Manager *.iso disk image file
Click DOWNLOAD NOW to download the vSphere Replication *.iso disk image file
(note that version numbers may differ from what is depicted in the above screenshot)
- After downloading and unzipping the disk image files, log in to your on-premises vCenter as a user with privileges to install OVFs, select the location you want to install Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication to, and for each appliance, right-click and choose Deploy OVF Template…. Power on both appliances after the installations are complete.
Add screenshots for configuring on-prem VR and SRM appliances
Create Firewall Rules to Allow Traffic from the Protected Site to the VMC SDDC
To allow for Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication traffic, it is necessary to create Management Gateway firewall rules. If you are using a VMware Cloud an AWS SDDC for both the protected and DR sites, this will need to be done in both SDDCs.
From EVAL GUIDE: To allow communication and replication traffic between the remote site site and the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC requires the addition of some firewall rules to the management gateway. Rules may also need to be added for the remote site firewall. Those changes are outside of the scope of this guide.
Create Management Group for On-Premises Components
- In your SDDC, click Networking & Security
You will start by creating a group that contains the IP Addresses for your on-prem vCenter, vSphere Replication, and Site Recovery Manager.
Click Management Groups
Click ADD GROUP
Enter On-Prem VC, vSR, SRM in the Name field
Click Set Members
Enter the IP Addresses for your on-premises vCenter, vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager Appliances.
Create Management Gateway Firewall Rules
Management Gateway Firewall Rules to allow replication traffic from the on-premises site to the VMC SDDC. The below rules represent the simple firewall rule configuration. For more granular firewall rules see Set the NSX-T Edge Management Gateway Firewall Rules for VMware Site Recovery.
- In the Networking & Security tab of your SDDC, click Gateway Firewall
Click Management Gateway
Click ADD RULE
Enter On-Prem to SRM in the Name column
Hover over the Source column and click the pencil icon
Click the User Defined Groups radio button
Click the check box next to the On-Prem VC, vSR, SRM group you created earlier
Hover over the Destination column and click the pencil icon
Click the System Defined Groups radio button
Click the check box next to Site Recovery Manager
- Click the Services field
- Select VMware Site Recovery SRM
- Click PUBLISH to publish this firewall rule
- Go through Steps 3 through 15 three more times to add the SRM to On-Prem, On-Prem to VR, and VR to On-Prem firewall rules depicted in the above screenshot, and PUBLISH them when complete.
Troubleshoot Connectivity Issues
If you are having connectivity issues, you can use the Connectivity Validator to run network connectivity tests to ensure all necessary access is available to perform the use case you select. If a test fails, follow the recommendations to correct the problem.
- Click on the Troubleshooting tab for your SDDC
- Select Site Recovery from the Connectivity Use Case dropdown
- Enter the required Inputs for each Test Group
- Click RUN ALL TESTS (note that you can also run test groups individually)
Pair VMware Site Recovery Sites
Screenshots and instructions for site pairing need updated
- Navigate to the SDDC and click Add Ons
Click OPEN SITE RECOVERY (If necessary, login with the cloudadmin credentials for that SDDC)
Click NEW SITE PAIR
Enter the vCenter FQDN of your on-prem vCenter in the format vcenter.sddc-xx-xxx-xx-xx.vmc.vmware.com in the PSC host name field
Enter the User name for your on-prem vCenter
Enter the Password for your on-prem vCenter
Click the top-level checkbox to select all Services
Click VIEW DETAILS
Enter firstname.lastname@example.org for the User name
Enter the cloudadmin password for your partner’s SDDC for the Password
Click LOG IN
Once logged in to your on-prem vCenter, you will see the Site Pair Summary
After your site pairing is complete, you can now proceed with configuring mappings, setting up replication for your VMs, creating protection groups and recovery plans, and testing your recovery plans. For details on using Site Recovery Manager, see the Site Recovery Manager documentation and refer to the VMware Site Recovery Evaluation Guide.
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