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”

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  16. Excellent write up.

    Just minor suggestion:
    1. When creating the PDF, includes a table of content
    2. Add more info on hardware requirement. You mention 6 GB RAM, what about #cores and storage?
    3. You may want to try Damn Small Linux as VMs. Much smaller.

    Cheers from Singapore!

  17. Hello Iwan,

    Thanks for this post. Will include these things in the next version, a few are allready there in draft. I considerd the damn small linux, but ubuntu is easier to understand for non linux users. I will reconsider it, good hint!


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  19. I have tried setting up the Snapmirror between the two simulators but for some reason I keep getting the message Volume is not online. Although the volume on the protected site is online and the recovery site volume is set to restricted.

    Any ideas? where I might be going wrong

    Than ks,

    • Hello,

      I had the same issue. It seems to be a bug in the simulator. Try to delete the volumes en create them again. Did you added the ipnummers in the host file?


  20. Hi Tomas,

    Thanks for the great write-up. As you probably know, Vargi ( did an excellent lab setup for this, as well, based on your work.

    If you or any of your readers are looking for a small VM for such an environment, I threw up a blog post on creating a Damn Small Linux OVA, which you can then deploy from template. It’s about 57 MB and you can get it here:

    64 MB vRAM
    1 vCPU
    128 MB .vmdk (about 123 MB thin provisioned)
    No VMware Tools installed



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