lucasitteam
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Hallo All,

need expert guidance.

we have some critical servers which we must protect for period of 2 months. This is the busiest period of our business.

We have a backup solution. But restore times are not matching the SLA.

What do you suggest? Should we vSphere replication (it is part of Enterprise Plus license)

I do not find a document which states MS SQL server is not supported. Amy comments or expert guidance.

Though our DBA team is having their own strategy but the question comes in case OS gets corrupted or delete.

I feel vRA is best solution for it.

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tayfundeger
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Hi,

You can use vSphere Replication. With a minimum of 15 minutes RPO, you can send the virtual machine from the production site to the disaster site. I've done hundreds of virtual machine replication, but so far, the operating system does not open, crash, I have not encountered such a problem.

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mguidini
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Fault Tolerance is not an option for you?

How Fault Tolerance Works

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daphnissov
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If you're specifically talking about SQL here, you may want to consider creating a highly-available SQL environment in an AAG. For other systems, vSphere Replication may work but there are many infrastructure caveats there.

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lucasitteam
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FT is not sure. Our processor do not support FT.

SQL Server AAG license very expensive fur us. (I can imagine what are you thinking) But it is a reality.

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daphnissov
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Redundancy and resiliency cost money. If you're thinking you can magically solve any of this by slinging some free software or clicking a check box, you're mistaken. All of these approaches have a cost, even if they're "free".

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tayfundeger
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Hi,

You can use vSphere Replication. With a minimum of 15 minutes RPO, you can send the virtual machine from the production site to the disaster site. I've done hundreds of virtual machine replication, but so far, the operating system does not open, crash, I have not encountered such a problem.

Thanks.

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lucasitteam
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Thanks tayfundeger​ for your time and the answer I was looking for. So far I also found highly reliable results.

Meanwhile I found few interesting articles. In case anyone was  wondering what caveats daphnissov​ was referring, Below articles will shared those inform.

https://faststorage.eu/vsphere-replication-pros-and-cons/

Using Replication in vSphere 6 | JonKensy.com

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