I would like to cover step by step installation and configuration of a new Site Recovery Manager 8.2 deployment.
Site Recovery Manager 8.x version has a lot of new enhancements. The best part is you don’t need a windows OS to install SRM with a SQL database.
SRM 8.x is now available as an appliance with Photon OS and embedded postgress DB.
This will help you save on the OS license cost and the support for OS and DB is now provided by VMware.
Right Click Cluster and select Deploy OVF
Select all the five files part of the SRM installer package
Select a ESXi host to deploy the OVF inside the virtual datacenter and Cluster
Review the details and click Next
Accept the license agreement and click Next
Choose the number of vCPUs. I am going with the default configuration of 4 vCPU and 12 GB RAM
Choose the datastore where you want to deploy this OVF. In this case, it is a VSAN datastore.
For a VSAN datastore also choose the VM storage policy. In this case, it is vSAN Default Storage Policy.
Select the management network for SRM and choose Static-Manual in the IP allocation.
Provide a hostname (FQDN) to the SRM appliance and configure NTP servers.
Choose the root password for the appliance.
Provide all the details like Default gateway, domain name, DNS server, Domain search path and IP address and Netmask.
Review all the details and then click Finish (I have masked all the details in the screenshot)
Once the appliance is deployed open the console of the VM and follow instructions to change the timezone to whatever is the correct timezone.
Open the VAMI portal https://IP_address:5480
Check the timezone from the VAMI
You will notice the srm-server service will be in stopped state since we have not configured SRM yet
Check the version and the build number in the summary tab
Click on Configure appliance to configure SRM
Provide details of the Platform services controller to register SRM to PSC. Also, provide the SSO username and password.
In my case since PSC is embedded with vCenter, the PSC hostname is the same as the vCenter server name.
Username will be administrator@vSphere.local (this may vary in your environment, in case you have a custom SSO domain name)
There will be a security alert for a certificate. On vCenter/PSC, we are using a custom certificate and SRM has a self-signed certificate.
Click on Connect
Select the vCenter server for which you want to configure SRM.
In my case, we are configuring SRM for DR of management VMs so I selected the management vCenter server.
A similar certificate warning for connecting to the vCenter server. Click on connect
Here provide a Site name. This is just a logical name of the location.
Fill in the administrator email Id. This ID will be used to send notifications.
Local host details will be auto-populated. This is the FQDN of the SRM server.
Choose a default extension ID in case you wish to pair this with one SRM only.
Review all the details and click Finish
It will start configuring Site Recovery Manager. Wait for 5-10 minutes.
The SRM appliance is configured successfully. Just validate all the details and the version/build number.
The srm-server service is now in started state.
We now need to follow similar steps on the DR site.
Once SRM is deployed and registered with VC/PSC on both the sites, the next step is to pair these two sites to atuomate the failover operations.
Hope this helps!