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So we’ve setup the SRM database for both the primary and secondary sites, it’s now time to install SRM at the Primary and Secondary Sites. I will be walking you through a custom setup which will allow you to configure a 1-to-1 pairing or 1-to-Many pairing. Meaning I can either have 1 primary site and 1 recovery site paired, or many primary sites to 1 recovery site paired. You can see where this would come in handy. The installation steps are virtually the same for Primary and Secondary sites. During the Tutorial I will highlight and provide screenshots of both Primary and Secondary Sites.

1. On the primary vcenter server, open up a command prompt and browse to the srm setup file. Type in following VMware-srm-4.1.1-340092.exe /v”CUSTOM_SETUP=1″ and press enter.

2. The installation begins.

3. Click Next.

4. Click Next.

5. Accept the License Agreement and click Next.

6. Click Next to accept the default destination folder.

7. Type in your primary vcenter server address, and a username and password with administrator permissions. Screen 1 below shows the primary site, and screen 2 shows the secondary site. Click Next.

8. Click Yes to accept the security certificate.

9. Select Automatically generate a certificate and click Next.

10. Type in your Organization Name and Unit. Click Next.

11. Type in a Local Site Name and Administrator E-Mail address. The Local Site name MUST be unique between the Primary and Secondary Site as you can see in the 2 screen shots below. Local Host is NOT your email server but your vcenter server address. Check that the ports are all correct and click Next.

12. If you click Default SRM Plugin Identifier here you will proceed with a standard installation, however will we select Custom SRM Plugin Identifier and click Next.

13. Type in a SRM Site ID. We will use this same ID for primary and secondary site, so take a note of what you enter here. Organization and Description should be the same for primary and secondary site as well. Click Next.

14. Database Client will be SQL Server in this case. Select the Data Source Name (DSN) that we created in our previous tutorial and enter in the SQL username and password that we created to authenticate to the database. The 2 screens below show the database configuration for both primary and secondary sites. Click Next.

15. Click Install.

16. Installation is complete. Click Finish.

17. Open up your vSphere Client and login.

18. Click the Plug-ins menu at the top and select Manage Plug-ins. You can see under Available Plug-ins the vCenter Site Recovery Manager Plugin for the SITE ID: SRM.LAB.

19. Click Download and Install and the Plug-in installation wizard will launch. Click Next.

20. Click Next.

21. Accept the License Agreement and click Next.

22. Click Install.

23. Click Finish.

24. The SRM Plug-in is now listed under Installed Plug-ins. Click Close.

25. Click the Home icon in the menu bar and you will now see under Solutions and Applications – Site Recovery.

26. Click Site Recovery, select Install this certificate… and click Ignore.

27. The Site Recovery management opens and as you can see, displays the Local Site information. Screen 1 shows the primary site and Screen 2 shows the secondary site.

All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.

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  1. Hi…
    When you install SRM, all the network configuration of the VM, present in vCenter (Distributed or Standard Switch), is replicated at the secondary site on vCenter2?

    • Hi, it depends on what you have your network mappings set to in SRM. Usually you will have a test network and dr production network setup at the remote site. Within SRM at the Primary site you will select what network you want the vm’s to belong to when a test is executed and what network you want the vm’s to belong to when a full DR is executed.
      Have a look here under Network Mapping: https://sysadmintutorials.com/tutorials/vmware-vsphere-5-x/site-recovery-manager-5/part-6-vmware-srm-5-inventory-mappings/

  2. how long should it take to install SRM on two HP DL380 Gen8 Proliants w a P4500 SAN? two physical locations in the same city…thanks for any guidance there

    • Hi if you have 2 HP’s and a SAN in Site A and 2 HP’s and a SAN in Site B, the base setup of SRM and SAN replication I would allow 2-3 days. Then configuration of recovery groups, testing, scripts etc I would allow about another week. Depending how many vm’s you will be providing SRM for

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