EMC RecoverPoint 5.2 create a replica and test failover

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When the deployment of the RecoverPoint infrastructure has completed and the vRPA clusters are connected, you need to create a replica to protect critical VMs.

Only critical VMs should be replicated with RecoverPoint in order to keep network traffic and resource requirements under control.

 

Create a replica

From vSphere Client, select the VM to protect then go to Configure > RecoverPoint for VMs section. Click Protect this VM to run the wizard. Alternatively right click the VM to protect and select All RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines Actions > Protect option.

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Select Create a new consistency group for this VM option and Enter a name for the new consistency group. Click Next.

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Specify the name for the production copy and leave default datastore selection for the journal. Click Next.

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Enter the name for the new copy and click Next. The target vRPA cluster is automatically selected.

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Specify the Replication Mode (default values are fine in most cases) and click Next.

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Select Automatically create a new copy VM(s) and the target cluster. Click Next to continue.

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Specify the datastore to store the VM and click Next.

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Select from the drop-down menu the correct Network Adapter then click Next.

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Click Protect to start the replication of selected VM.

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After clicking Protect, three steps will occur:

Paused by the System - the replication is being configured in the system.

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Init (XX%) - the VM is copied to target datastore.

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Active - the VM replica is ready to be used.

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Looking at DR-Site, the replicated VM is indicated as rp.<vm_name>.copy.shadow.

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Failover a VM

In case the source VM fails, to restore the service from the replica go to Home > RecoverPoint for VMs > Protection > Virtual Machine. Click on Test and Failover icon to run the VM replica.

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Select the DR-Site and click Next.

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Specify the Image to access (RPO) to use and click Next.

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Specify the production network to connect the replica and click Next.

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Click Yes to confirm.

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The failover process is being initiated. Click Failover to enable the VM replica as production VM.

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Click Continue to confirm.

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Two events will occour:

  • The synchronization is paused
  • VM roles are inverted. The Production role now belongs to the VM at DR-Site.

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After few seconds, the replication is resumed but in an opposite way.

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At DR-Site the VM name changes.

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At production site the VM with the replica role is also renamed.

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Failback to production

To move back the VM to production site, repeat the failover procedure in the opposite way.

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Roles change once again restoring the original configuration.

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Replication to DR-Site with different subnet

If the DR-Site uses a different subnet, the IP address of the replica can be changed by selecting the target site and clicking on Edit VM Network Configurations.

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RecoverPoint for VMs is available to download at DellEMC website.

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