Disaster Recovery – Have a Plan

. Disaster Recovery.  It’s a phrase that’s tossed around IT circles like candy at a parade.  Everyone wants it, and lots of vendors offer it.  What exactly is it?  Seems simple enough to answer – Disaster Recovery is the ability to recovery from a disaster, and in our case, recover data and systems.  But, what constitutes a disaster? Tornado, flood, hurricane, fire – these are our typical “smoking hole” scenarios, and are usually what comes to mind when we think of the “disaster” in disaster recovery.  But what about others? […]

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Veeam Replication – VM Replication

Part 1 here: Veeam Replication – Installation Part 2 here: Veeam Replication – Configuration Now that we have Veeam installed, and configured with both site’s vCenter servers, lets get the replication job created.  In the navigation tree on the left, select Backup and Replication, and choose to create a new replication job. Give the backup job a name, and a description.  To keep the lab simple, we will assume the virtual networks are the same name, and that the VM will not need to be given a new IP address[…]

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Veeam Replication – Configuration

Part 1 here: Veeam Replication – Installation  Now that we have Veeam installed in a virtual machine, it’s time to configure it to talk to our vSphere environment to enable replication.  To do this, we will be adding both our primary site, and secondary site’s vCenter appliances into the console. First, lets navigate to the Backup Infrastructure tab, and select Managed Servers.  Here, choose VMware vSphere. Now, we can enter the details for our primary site’s vCenter server. Name or IP is acceptable. A short description is always nice for[…]

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Veeam Replication – Installation

To continue on the Replication Roundup series, and not too far behind the Veeam ON conference, it only make sense to highlight Veeam Availability Suite’s replication.  As a reminder, This series is not to compare / contrast features of each, but to simply highlight the process from start to finish to get a VM replicated. Veeam version 9 was just released, and thus – we are using version 9 for the series. Let’s get started with the installation of Veeam Backup and Recovery. The Lab Setup: For our lab, we[…]

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vSphere 6.0 Replication – VM Replication

Be sure to visit parts 1 and 2: vSphere 6.0 Replication – Installation vSphere 6.0 Replication – Configuration Now that we have vSphere Replication installed, and our primary and DR site’s connected, it’s time to get a VM replicating.  In my nested lab, I have a VM running Tiny Linux that we will replicate. First step, is the right click on the VM, and choose “All vSphere Replication Actions”, and then “Configure Replication.”  vSphere replication has the ability to replicate to a cloud provider, but in our case, we will[…]

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vSphere 6.0 Replication – Configuration

  In Part 1, vSphere 6.0 Replication – Installation, we successfully deployed the vSphere Replication OVA to both the main and DR sites.  In part 2, we will configure the sites, and replicate a VM. First, log out and back into the vSphere web client, to ensure the vSphere Replication plugin is working properly.  The Replication link should be listed in the navigator bar on the left.  We will navigate there, and select our vCenter server and click manage. Next, click the button to connect to a target site, and enter[…]

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Zerto: Moving a VM between VPGs

  Having worked with Zerto for a while now, I have come to love VPGs (Virtual Protection Groups).  However, sometimes the need arises to move a VM out of a VPG, and into it’s own, or into another VPG. Right now, there is no “click to move” a VM between the VPGs, but that doesn’t mean it is not possible to do without forcing re-sync of all that data.  It’s quite simple actually. Scenario: Two VMs are in separate VPGs, and because of their application dependency on each other, it[…]

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