Tuesday 1 September 2015

Performing a test DR recovery of a virtual machine with vSphere Replication

Unless you are using vSphere Replication with Site Recovery Manager you will not be able to perform a 'test recovery' (i.e. recover the VM while the source site/VM is still active/online). The process you could follow in case you would like to keep your primary site online is as follows:

1. Perform Recovery using the second option (Recover with latest available data). In this way you would not need to power off source VMs and your primary site will be online.

2. After recovery is complete, stop the replications (which will be in Recovered state)

3. Power off recovered VMs, unregister them from VC inventory, but keep the disk files intact.

4. Manually configure all replications using the disks that were left over as initial seeds. This will cause only changes to be synced.

Source: https://communities.vmware.com/message/2409693


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