VMWare SRM 8.3 protection group and steps to create a protection group and run recovery


What is a protection group and steps to create a protection group and run recovery in SRM 8.3.

SRM protection groups are groups of virtual machines that SRM protects together. It protects VM based on protection type selection i.e individual VM or all VM deployed in specific datastore.  One or more protection groups can be included in a recovery plan.

There are four types of protection group in SRM

Datastore group (Array-based replication) -> Protect all virtual machines which are on specific Datastore.

Individual VMs (vSphere Replication) ->      Protect specific virtual machines, regardless of the Datastore

Virtual Volumes (vVol replication)->         Protect virtual machines which are on replicated vVol storage

Storage policies (array-based replication)-> Protect virtual machines with specific storage policies.

Steps to create a protection group.

Login to vCenter

Click on Menu -> Click shortcuts

Click site recovery 

Click Open site recovery

Click View details

If you have not already paired two sites then first you need to pair PRD and DR sites.

Click on protection Group

Click New

Enter Name

Select direction: In my case I am replicating from prod SRM to DR 

Select replication type.

If you will select Datastore groups, all VMs inside the specific Datastore will be protected 

In my case I am selecting individual VMs

Select the Virtual machine that you want to add in the protection group.

Make sure VM is powered on and VMTool is installed, you can add power off VM in the protected group or replication but replication will not work and when you will run VM recovery it will also fail.

Select recovery plan

Click finish

Now protection group has created

One VM is protected in the PRD_VMs protection group.

When you will run recovery below steps will perform.

Click Run

Select Recovery type and click on I understand that this *****

Click next

Now recovery has completed and VM is powered off at PRD site and Powered ON at DR site.

PRD site

DR Site

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