Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager
By Abhilash GB
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 162

In Detail

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager automates disaster recovery in a manner that no other solution does. It is programmed to leverage array-based replication and VMware's proprietary vSphere Replication engine.

This book will familiarize you with the concepts of disaster recovery using vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.

You will learn how to deploy and confi gure vSphere Replication in the standalone mode to replicate virtual machines. You will also learn how to use vCenter Site Recovery Manager to leverage array-based replication or vSphere Replication, form Recovery Plans and orchestrate them to perform a test, Planned Migration, Failover, or Failback.

Approach

This is a step-by-step guide that will help you understand disaster recovery using VMware vSphere Replication 5.5 and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.5. The topics and configuration procedures are accompanied with relevant screenshots, flow-charts, and logical diagrams that makes grasping the concepts easier.

Who this book is for

This book is a guide for anyone who is keen on using vSphere Replication or vCenter Site Recovery Manager as a disaster recovery solution. This is an excellent handbook for solution architects, administrators, on-field engineers, and support professionals. Although the book assumes that the reader has some basic knowledge of data center virtualization using VMware vSphere, it can still be a very good reference for anyone who is new to virtualization.

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    5.0

    Great book to get started with SRM

    By virtxpert.com

    from MA

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    • Easy to understand
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      Comments about oreilly Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager:

      The book is very straight forward and is very easily consume. The book covers installation and configuration of VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication. While the book is mostly a step by step guide, the author does include design and installation considerations where appropriate as well as a review of background tasks happening which might not otherwise be controlled by the administrator; for example the cleanup tasks after testing a recovery.

      Even though the book is on the shorter side, it is a worthy read for anyone interested in implementing either VMware SRM, vSphere Replication or both.

       
      5.0

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      By Christian Mohn

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        Comments about oreilly Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager:

        Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager by Abhilash GB, is exactly what it says on the front cover. The book is well written and easy to digest, and guides you along the way of implementing a fully functional DR solution. The book assumes that you have existing knowledge of Datacenter virtualization using VMware vSphere, but prior knowledge to Site Recovery Manager or vSphere Replication is not required. The entire book is is based on the current version (5.5) of the various components

        Chapters 1-3 walks you through the process of installing and configuring the Site Recovery Manager, accompanied with relevant screenshots, flow-charts, and logical diagrams that makes it easy to follow along. It then moves on to setting up protection groups and recovery plans, array based replication and performing failover and failback. Not only does it cover the installation steps, but it also gets into discussion points with regards to design considerations. Chapters 4-5 covers installing, and configuring vSphere Replication before tying it into SRM.

        The book provides the reader with clear and concise implementation information, without being too detailed. All in all this is a great starting point for anyone considering utilizing Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication, and will help the reader getting their environment protected in no time.

        While the book is on the short side, with only about 140 pages, it still manages to provide all the necessary details by being clear, concise and to the point. It makes a great starting point for anyone looking to set up SRM and vSphere Replication in their environment, in fact, even if you're not actively looking to implement SRM I would still highly recommend reading through this book to get a general overview of how it works.

        Disclaimer:
        This book was provided for free of charge by Packt Publishing for review purposes, without any promises of a positive review. All views are my own.

         
        5.0

        Perfect for new and experienced administ

        By Rebecca

        from New Orleans, LA

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          Comments about oreilly Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager:

          This book is a great reference for SRM and/or vSphere Replication and is written for the current version (5.5). It details step-by-step how to to deploy and configure both products. The author does an excellent job making the concepts easy to consume and uses diagrams to make the more advanced topics more understandable. Perfect for a beginner and has lots of value-add for the experienced administrator.

          The book is a smooth and straightforward read. As a VMware Certified Instructor, I will happily recommend this book for students to read.

           
          5.0

          Good read with lots of technical detail.

          By Vladan

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            Comments about oreilly Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager:

            Both solutions are used to protect an entire site from disaster where array based replication needs to have array replication capability with propper license. That's why a couple VR + SRM might be better choice for SMBs which can architect DR solution which costs less, because hypervisor based replication can use any kind of storage (even DAS).

            The book has 5 chapters in total and as I said in the beginning, it's very very detailed so if you haven't worked with SRM or VR, you can use it as a detailed guide to design and implement DR in your organization.

            http://www.vladan.fr/book-review-disaster-recovery-using-vmware-replication-vcenter-srm/

            Excellent details in this book with many screenshots and how-to's.

             
            5.0

            Great book, very practical.

            By kkuminsky

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              Comments about oreilly Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager:

              Great book, very practical, has a lot of step-by-step instructions with screenshots.
              The material is well structured, logical and easy to follow.

              The first half of the book is about SRM, its integration options, design considerations, deployment and configuration.
              The second half is devoted to deployment and configuration of vSphere Replication and its integration with SRM.

              The author explained in details the following solutions for DR which can be implemented depending on budget, environment size and automation requirements:
              vSphere Replication alone, SRM with array-based replication, SRM with vSphere Replication.

              My impression is that most of the material is specific with less unnecessary details or explanations which may sometimes slow down the reading.

              The book was very helpful with my current DR project. It is a must to take a look at if you have any projects related to DR or HA for VMWare environments.

               
              5.0

              Great book

              By Anirudh

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                Comments about oreilly Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager:

                Wish to learn to deploy and use vSphere Replication 5.5as a standalone disaster recovery solution and to orchestrate disaster recovery. This the book you were looking for!
                This book covers the use of vSphere Replication and VMware Site Recovery Manager for making your vSphere environment recoverable in the event of a disaster. All the concepts and tasks covered in this book are for vSphere Replication 5.5 and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5.
                This book introduces you to the architecture of SRM and also guides you through the process of installing and configuring SRM to leverage array-based replication.
                It teaches you how to configure protection for virtual machines by creating Protection Groups and creating an orchestrated runbook with the help of Recovery Plans,how to test the recovery plans that were created and also perform a Planned Migration, a Failover, and a Failback using them,guides you through the steps required in deploying vSphere Replication Appliances and vSphere Replication Servers.
                This book is a guide for anyone who is keen on using vSphere Replication or vCenter Site Recovery Manager as a disaster recovery solution. This is an excellent handbook for solution architects, administrators, on-field engineers, and support professionals. Although the book assumes that the reader has some basic knowledge of data center virtualization using VMware vSphere, it can still be a very good reference for anyone who is new to virtualization.

                Link: http://bit.ly/1kosrhz

                 
                4.0

                Good introduction to SRM and replication

                By Lee

                from Philadelphia, PA

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                  Comments about oreilly Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager:

                  This book is a good overall introduction to DR using vSphere SRM and the new vSphere replication feature. Replication is very useful when the destination does not have vCenter running and there is a chapter on setting this up. For a full review please see my blog post: http://tinyurl.com/drvsphererepsrmpackt

                  Note that I received this book from the publisher specifically for review purposes.

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