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I will Need to clarify few faqs on vmware SRM, my situation is, i have 25 VMs in site A, and 5 VMs in site B. I need to protect both sites and should be able fail back site A to B and B to A, does SRM protect both ways or will have any limitation on this ?


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Yes, SRM can protect in bidirectional way.

You can have:

25VMs in production in site A will failover in site B

5VMs in production in site B will failover in site A

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Cagliostro Thanks for the response,How to setup bidirectional protection ? do i need to have two SRM setup ? or two recovery plan ? – user40997 Aug 9 '10 at 10:24
Yep, you need two SRM installations (and two vCenter). All the job must be duplicated..on site A you need one or more protection groups (it depends on you storage configuration) for the 25 VMs and, at least, one recovery plan for site B. On site B you need the or more protection groups for the 5 VMs and, at least, one recovery plan fore site A. With this configuration you will be able to start a failover from A to B, from B to A..or both. The main work (read project design) is based on storage configuration..but this may vary based on your storage server. – Cagliostro Aug 9 '10 at 10:49
How can i have DR without SRM ? is it possible to have a manual DR plan eliminating SRM ? – user40997 Aug 11 '10 at 7:01
You can have several other way to accomplish a DR implementation (a DR plan is step-by-step procedure to failover/failback your production)...and yes, you can obtain the same DR failover/failback without SRM executing manual steps. If you can describe more in deep how your virtual infrastructure (site A and site B) is actually implemented I can tell you some more details. – Cagliostro Aug 11 '10 at 12:37
Cagliostro, Site A&B are in same subnet, A will host 5 esx 40 VMs, 3 esx in cluster, B will host 4 esx with 10 VMs 2 esx in cluster, each site will have own san and we will be replicating site to site considering an RPO/RTO of 24 Hrs.I need to use site A as recovery for Site B, and site B as recovery for site A, in case of a disaster i will be running all vms in one site ( with existing vms + recovered VMs ). addition to this i will need to I will need to have a flexibility to recover ONE or TWO vms for on demand cases ( minor disaster like configuration, user errors ). – user40997 Aug 14 '10 at 17:37

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