SRM in a Box final release (the complete setup)

Finally I’ve just finished the complete pdf on “Building a VMware Site Recovery Manager demo with the Netapp simulator” This document will guide you trough the setup of Site Recovery Manager with the Netapp simulator, just on 1 host. I changed a few things since the preview document so ctrl_del the preview document and download the latest one here.
If you have any comments to improve this document please feel free to contact me at

19-11-08 Update1: Arne from asked me: why did you choose for a solaris LUN and not for a Vmware lun at page 29. I made a mistake here, you should use a VMware lun. Updating the document right now
19-11-08 Update2:Updated the document showing a VMware lun at page 29
Update3:A new pdf with another virtual appliance is comming soon click here
18-12-2008 Update 4: John Balsillie, a VCI from australia emailed me about 2 things in the PDF which he found strange. The first thing is about page 37. On this page i am writing: Create instead of 10 gb an 8 gb data store because you might need the storage for the replication I forgot to delete this before publishing, so you can ignore this. Just create 8gb. This was before i did the whole configuration.
The scond thing was on page 23. John found out that the commands where not correct.

To set up snapmirror correctly use these instead:

on NetApp01 – enter “options snapmirror.access host=natapp02”
on NetApp02 – enter “options snapmirror.access host=natapp01”

John, thanks very much for noticing these mistakes! I will update the document later.

Download the document here:

SRM in a Box Final

However this wil guide you to setup Site Recovery Manager in a box, this is not an indepth guide into SRM. For an indepth guide i have to point you to Mike Laverick just released his book “Administering VMware’s Site Recovery Manager”


“SRM in a Box”: configured! (site recovery manager)

After a few difficulties i have managed to set up a SRM (site recovery manager) in a Box configuration with the free Netapp Simulator. The problem i had in the previous post, was because i had no data in the volume that has to be snapmirrored. So i created a vm and did an snapmirror update and voila, the LUN was shown in the array configuration. Now i have to create a few vm snaps 😉 before i am going to run the protection plan. Here is a first picture. I will discribe the steps i did in a document as soon as i can.

Update: A complete howto is available now: Get it here

SRM workstation overview

SRM workstation overview

Setting up “SRM in a Box”

Currently i am trying to setup a “SRM in a Box” configuration.However it is not working right now.

This is what i use:

1 hp proliant dl 110 g5 with 6 gb ram and a 500 gb hd with Vista buisiness installed.

On this server i’ve installed workstation 6.5.

In Workstation i created 2 folders names site 1 and site 2. In this folders i created 3 vm’s each.

in site 1:

1 vm with windows 2003 as a domain controller and Virtual center server with 768 mb ram
1 vm with Ubuntu desktop with the Netapp simulator serving 20 gb of iscsi storage with 512 mb ram
1 vm with a working ESX 3.5 update 2 with 1024 mb ram

in site 2:

1 vm with windows 2003 as a second domain controller and Virtal center server with 768 mb ram
1 vm with Ubuntu desktop with the Netapp simulator serving 20 gb of mirrored storage with 512 mb ram
1 vm with a working ESX 3.5 update 2 install with 1024 mb ram

At this time i have managed to setup SRM to see both storage sites, but i was unable to see a mirrord lun in the SRM storage configuration. Even if i do a rescan in the SRM dialog box it won’t display a mirrord lun. I am sure that i setup the snapmirror in a good condition.

Maybe the unsupported update 2 configuration is messing up things, or the simulator is failing on this one. Soon i wil post a detailed step by step guide if i manage to setup a complete working configuration.