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
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
Now protection group has created
One VM is protected in the PRD_VMs protection group.
When you will run recovery below steps will perform.
Select Recovery type and click on I understand that this *****
Now recovery has completed and VM is powered off at PRD site and Powered ON at DR site.