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We have two sites setup with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) using VMware Replication to synchronize VMs. I need to validate the procedure for the site switch-over but I can use only one site.

My idea is to simulate the remote site by utilizing extra hardware. I have spare physical ESXi host to use. Network would be separated by the use of VLANs and it seems to me everything should work this way.

One thing that I am worried about is storage. Currently 'spare' ESXi host is configured to use the same storage (HP P2000 SAN) as the main host. I am not sure will this create conflict during the Replication - e.g. will the VMware replication be confused if it is using same path for storing the VMs?

  • I need to validate the procedure for the site switch-over but I can use only one site - That's really not a validation is it? What happens if your limited test works but a site switch-over fails in a real scenario? – joeqwerty Sep 20 '15 at 15:49
  • There will be other tests as well, including tests on the production system. My task at this point is to check if the switchover works in the setup as I described. – Marko Sep 20 '15 at 22:10

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