The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

Mar 18 2013   1:16PM GMT

Site Recovery Manager and IBM Storage SRA

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

I had the pleasure of working with Robert Norse at an enterprise client of mine this last two weeks. Robert was brought in to setup Site Recovery Manager and run over some test scenarios. With out getting into too much detail, SRM and IBM do not play nice, well they will if you know all the caveats…

The IBM SRA or Storage Replication Adapter is very finicky and you must make sure the SRA is “Run as Administrator” and the correct terms are uses, as the IBM SRA does not input checking… read the source article of the insert below to get the full details!

Point to be made here… IBMSVCSRAUtil does zero input checking!

Second point? The correct answer here is “True/False” or really just True. Anything else, including the word “Yes” will result in a fully provisioned snapshot and consumption of 2x the disk space. Only the word “True” results in a Space Efficient flashcopy/snapshot! source

Here is a list of SRA’s for all vendors that VMware Site Recovery Manager supports. Please make sure to only download an SRA from VMware’s site, downloading from anywhere else may result in an unreliable outcome.

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