SRM Tutorial Part 1: Lab setup

In this first part of the SRM tutorial I want to give you a quick overview of how my lab setup looks like and which scenario I am going to show within the following parts. In all parts I assume everyone to have a basic understanding of SRM (and of course also vSphere). I´m not going to explain what SRM is and when you should use SRM or not. If you need more information about this please first take a look on the VMware ressources.


SRM Tutorial Part 1: Lab setup
SRM Tutorial Part 2: Components & design
SRM Tutorial Part 3: SRM installation
SRM Tutorial Part 4: NetApp Ontap Simulator – Setup & configuration
SRM Tutorial Part 5: Configure NetApp SnapMirror
SRM Tutorial Part 6: SRA installation
SRM Tutorial Part 7: Configuration #1
SRM Tutorial Part 8: Configuration #2
SRM Tutorial Part 9: Advanced configuration & troubleshooting

Ok let’s start with a simple design diagram to show you my lab setup:

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Lab setup


Like you can see in the diagram I am using a nested lab. This means you don´t need to have a couple of servers and a NAS at home to follow this tutorial. In my case I´m using a workstation equipped with a modern dual core Intel CPU, 16GB RAM and some HDDs + SSDs.

On top of VMware Workstation I put a couple of VMs: 2x vCenter, 2x nested ESXi, 2x NetApp Simulator and another Windows system acting as domain controller and DNS server.

The NetApp VSA´s playing a mayor role for the lab environment. Due to the fact I´m going to use array replication I don´t have so much choice for such a lab setup.  The NetApp´s are replicating the datastores with a feature called SnapMirror.

I am not going to show vSphere Replication (a host based replication solution) which comes with VMware SRM. For most of the steps it doesn´t matter anyway, which replication technology is used.

The scenario I am going to show will be a classic “Main- & Backup Data Center” scenario. This means Data Center A is running all VMs, which are going to be protected at Data Center B. Surely it´s possible to have a bi-directional setup, where both Data Center are protecting each other, but especially in a tutorial I think some steps become more clearly if it´s kept simple. But don´t worry, to perform a bi-directional setup you just need to perform some steps the other way around, so there is nothing totally different.






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