Never ending story: EMC CX4 & VAAI on vSphere 5

If you are using a CX4 model of EMC´s previous storage systems you certainly noticed that no CX4 model got listed for VAAI-support on VMware HCL in combination with vSphere 5. After many people were searching a long time for a “Why?” in VMware & EMC forums, Chad Sakac (SVP EMC Global Systems Engineering, aka […]

SRM Tutorial Part 9: Advanced configuration & troubleshooting

This is the last part of my SRM tutorial. Finally I will show you some advanced configuration in addition to the basic setup & configuration of the last steps. Also I will go through some common errors in the troubleshooting part on the end of this post. SRM Tutorial Part 1: Lab setup SRM Tutorial […]

SRM Tutorial Part 8: Configuration #2

With the end of the last part the SRM lab environment is now ready to use. This part of the tutorial shows you the last steps of the SRM configuration, which are required to run a failover between the two sites. SRM Tutorial Part 1: Lab setup SRM Tutorial Part 2: Components & design SRM […]

SRM Tutorial Part 7: Configuration #1

After we setup and installed successful the SRM environment in the last parts it´s now time to get to the configuration. Due to the fact the whole configuration including all the steps is too much content for a single post I spread it into two parts. SRM Tutorial Part 1: Lab setup SRM Tutorial Part […]

SRM Tutorial Part 6: SRA installation

If array replication is used it is required to install a SRA (storage replication adapter) on the SRM server. This part shows you the installation of the NetApp SRA 2.0.0. Please note that each vendor has its own SRA, so the installation & configuration can vary depending on the used storage array. SRM Tutorial Part […]

SRM Tutorial Part 5: Configure NetApp SnapMirror

After we created the datastores for the ESXi hosts in the last part of this tutorial it´s now time to implement the replication to the secondary site. 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 […]

SRM Tutorial Part 4: NetApp Ontap Simulator – Setup & configuration

Before I proceed with the SRM configuration, I show in part 4 & 5 of the tutorial how to setup & configure the NetApp Ontap Simulator including the replication with SnapMirror. Even if you are not using a NetApp system you should take at least a look on the second half of this part, where […]

SRM Tutorial Part 3: SRM installation

In this post I will show a walkthroug of the VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (SRM) installation. 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 […]

SRM Tutorial Part 2: Components & design

This part will give you an understanding of each of the components required in a SRM environment and also information you should consider for your own design. 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 […]

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 […]