VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4.0

The new features are:

  • Full compatibility with vCenter 4.
  • Full support for NFS-based arrays.
  • Cormac Hogan has written some extremely useful guides about how to setup SRM 4.0 with either:

  • Support for shared recovery sites.
    Enables many-to-one pairings of protected sites with a recovery site. For more information, see the technical note Installing, Configuring, and Using Shared Recovery Site Support, which is available at http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/srm_pubs.html.
  • Resilience in the face of vCenter unavailability during a test recovery.
    Placeholder virtual machines can be quickly repaired after the protected site vCenter becomes available again.
  • New repair-mode installation features.
    You can run the SRM installer in repair mode if you need to change configuration parameters such as vCenter credentials, database connection information or credentials, and certificate details.
  • Graphical interface to advanced settings.
    Eliminates most requirements to edit the XML configuration file
  • Support for DB2 as an SRM database server.
  • New licensing options.
  • Did you know: a SRM licence allows you to have it installed at both sites, in an active/active or failover/failback scenario

  • Improved scalability.
    A single protection group can now include up to 1000 virtual machines.
  • WOW but hey! don’t forget the limitations of HA/DRS clusters. Anyway that’s good news.

  • Full Compatibility With DPM (Distributed Power Management)
    SRM recovery plans can now power-on or power-off a host that is in standby mode.
  • Your hosts at the DR site can be power-off and only powered on when a DR is invoqued. Green Datacenter!

  • New Option to dr-ip-customizer Utility
    The dr-ip-customizer utility now logs less verbose diagnostic output by default. To force dr-ip-customizer to log the same level of diagnostic output that it produced in earlier releases, use the -verbose option.
  • Change in Certificate Validation
    When you select certificate authentication, the SRM installation validates the certificate you supply before continuing. Certificates signed with an MD5 key are no longer allowed.
  • Support for Protecting Fault-Tolerant Virtual Machines.
    SRM can now protect virtual machines that have been configured for fault-tolerant operation. When recovered, these virtual machines lose their fault tolerance, and must be manually reconfigured after recovery to restore fault tolerance.
  • FT has a long list of requirements and limitations and if you need to resume FT on the DR site, you must stick to them too. 

  • Improved context-sensitive Help.
  • PDF documents available on release media
    Current versions of the PDF documents for this release are available in the docs folder at the root of the SRM 4.0 CD. Updated versions of these documents may be available at http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/srm_pubs.html.
  • Another great site for FAQs, http://www.yellow-bricks.com/srm-faq/

    Beside the new features, the known issues list is at least twice as long! So check it out before rolling your SRM setup…

    If you plan an upgrade from SRM 1.x to SRM 4.0 review the Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 4.0 Upgrade FAQ


    About PiroNet

    Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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