cmonspike
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Storage array replication as a VMware DR Solution

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Hi,

If I need to do storage array replication, how does VMware sees the virtual machines in their replicated datastores?  Do I need to manually add the newly replicated VMs in the inventory?

Thank you

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vbrowncoat
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It depends, if you are doing it manually (without a tool like SRM) vSphere will not see VMs on replicated datastores and you would have to manually add them to inventory.

Here are some more details: you would have to take a snapshot of the LUN, break the mirror or flip replication the other direction in order to mount the storage to hosts on the DR site. Then you would have to manually add the VMs to inventory, place them in folders, resource pools, networks, etc and power them on as needed. If you are using Site Recovery Manager this process is all automated and you'll have the ability to test your failovers non-disruptively.

Does that answer your question?

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bspagna89
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What storage replication will you be using? This could differ between the vendors..

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vbrowncoat
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It depends, if you are doing it manually (without a tool like SRM) vSphere will not see VMs on replicated datastores and you would have to manually add them to inventory.

Here are some more details: you would have to take a snapshot of the LUN, break the mirror or flip replication the other direction in order to mount the storage to hosts on the DR site. Then you would have to manually add the VMs to inventory, place them in folders, resource pools, networks, etc and power them on as needed. If you are using Site Recovery Manager this process is all automated and you'll have the ability to test your failovers non-disruptively.

Does that answer your question?

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cmonspike
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Thanks for your answer.  I was expecting that kind of answer.  I am trying to avoid SRM with a IBM Storwize V7000 replication to another V7000 and I was wondering if there were other solution from VMware.

Thanks again

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