Last week VMware released an update to their Site Recovery Manager product. In the main this is maintenance release, but it does introduce new additional feature and improved support. So now SRM 1.0 U1 is compatiable with the very latest version of Vi3.5 U3.
SRM U1 introduces for me two new important features. Firstly, we can now seperate the right to TEST a recovery plan, from the right to RUN a recovery plan. This means we can make sure higher privileges are required to actually trigger the DR plan for real.
Secondly, we no longer need to use the “Guest Customization” method to change an IP address – SRM U1 introduces a bulk or batch method of changing IP addresses at the VMs at the Recovery Site. The new method uses a .CSV file to hold the IP modification data.
Improved support includes support for the RDM feature (which should have really been there from day one!)
Anyway, currently my kit is dedicated to running the next release of Virtual Infrastructure as I work on the Vi4 book. But in the new year I will be wiping that configuration down to spend sometime documenting these new features to write a PDF “What’s New” guide to SRM 1.0 U1 to make sure the SRM Book is updated. At some stage I will be going back to the original book, to intergrate this “What’s New” guide to SRM. Then it will be back to the grindstone for the vi4book!