RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix

Sep 17 2008   10:08AM GMT

VMworld 2008: BC2783: Virtual Business Continuity Site

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

I’m mainly restricting myself to the BC Track this year – basically, because I am still fine-tuning my book on VMware’s Site Recovery Manager. So I’m always on the look out for tips, tricks, annecdotes about anything DR/BC related.  This session was helpful in providing a background, trends, some recommendations.

It remind me of one thing I hadn’t tested with SRM. What would SRM do if you had a virtual machine with a VMware Snapshot assigned. I think it should be OK, after all the replication engine will just replicate all the files across to the recovery site. But I will be testing that configuration just validate it does work.

There were a couple of points which I wasn’t sure were technically accurate. For example we were told you couldn’t have VMware Snapshots with RDMs. Yes, you can as long use “virtual compatiablitlty”. Perhaps I misunderstood what the guy from Burton Group was getting at. The other thing was quite a lengthy discussion about VMotion and DR. Strictly speaking VMOtion is not a DR tool, but could be used for planned outages. What wasn’t mentioned was the requirement for stretched clustering and stretched VLANs to make it work….

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