VMware Cloud Community
TheVMinator
Expert
Expert
Jump to solution

SRM Datastore Groups

How does an SRM "datastore group" get created? Is it configurable?

I have two datastores that I want to be part of one protection group.  Do I manually place these datastores in a "datastore group" and then place the "datastore group" in a protection group?

Thanks!

Reply
0 Kudos
1 Solution

Accepted Solutions
rcporto
Leadership
Leadership
Jump to solution

See the official documentation: How Site Recovery Manager Computes Datastore Groups

Site Recovery Manager combines devices into datastore groups according to set criteria.

■ Two different datastores contain files that belong to the same virtual machine.

■ Datastores that belong to two virtual machines share a raw disk mapping (RDM) device on a SAN array, as in the case of a Microsoft cluster server (MSCS) cluster.

■ Two datastores span extents corresponding to different partitions of the same device.

■ A single datastore spans two extents corresponding to partitions of two different devices. The two extents must be in a single consistency group and the SRA must report consistency group information from the array in the device discovery stage. Otherwise, the creation of protection groups based on this datastore is not possible even though the SRA reports that the extents that make up this datastore are replicated.

■ Multiple datastores belong to a consistency group. A consistency group is a collection of replicated datastores where every state of the target set of datastores existed at a specific time as the state of the source set of datastores. Informally, the datastores are replicated together such that when recovery happens using those datastores, software accessing the targets does not see the data in a state that the software is not prepared to deal with.

So, if you can manually edit the datastore group, the answer is depend, for example, if you're using consistency group in your storage array and you add a new volume to that consistency group, that change will reflect in your datastore group.

---

Richardson Porto
Senior Infrastructure Specialist
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/richardsonporto

View solution in original post

Reply
0 Kudos
2 Replies
rcporto
Leadership
Leadership
Jump to solution

See the official documentation: How Site Recovery Manager Computes Datastore Groups

Site Recovery Manager combines devices into datastore groups according to set criteria.

■ Two different datastores contain files that belong to the same virtual machine.

■ Datastores that belong to two virtual machines share a raw disk mapping (RDM) device on a SAN array, as in the case of a Microsoft cluster server (MSCS) cluster.

■ Two datastores span extents corresponding to different partitions of the same device.

■ A single datastore spans two extents corresponding to partitions of two different devices. The two extents must be in a single consistency group and the SRA must report consistency group information from the array in the device discovery stage. Otherwise, the creation of protection groups based on this datastore is not possible even though the SRA reports that the extents that make up this datastore are replicated.

■ Multiple datastores belong to a consistency group. A consistency group is a collection of replicated datastores where every state of the target set of datastores existed at a specific time as the state of the source set of datastores. Informally, the datastores are replicated together such that when recovery happens using those datastores, software accessing the targets does not see the data in a state that the software is not prepared to deal with.

So, if you can manually edit the datastore group, the answer is depend, for example, if you're using consistency group in your storage array and you add a new volume to that consistency group, that change will reflect in your datastore group.

---

Richardson Porto
Senior Infrastructure Specialist
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/richardsonporto
Reply
0 Kudos
reaverza
Contributor
Contributor
Jump to solution

You need to configure your array managers and array pairs first (replication appliances). This will pull through the datastore groups, which are just replicated datastore pairs. You can then create protection groups of type "Datastore groups" for your site. In the wizard you will be asked to select the datastore grouping you want to use.