Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0: How to Replicate a VM in VMware Environment (Part-3)

Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 U1 (included support for vSphere 6.5) is a 5-in-1 solution for small and medium environment to manage backup and recovery requirements not only for VMware and Hyper-V environments but also for physical servers. It offers a BDR Suite of products meant for on-premise, offsite, cloud backup and disaster recovery across diverse IT environments including physical, virtual, applications and endpoints.

To continue further with the Vembu BDR Suite series, today we’ll learn how to replicate a VM. If you missed previous post, you can find here:

  1. Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0: Installation and Configuration
  2. Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0: Backup and Restore VMs in VMware Environment

VM Replication is one of the feature packaged with Vembu BDR Suite 3.7.0 U1 and is crucial when it comes to Disaster Recovery Strategy, Vembu BDR helps us to achieve the same by taking a backup for Live Virtual machine and creating a replica image on your DR site thus maintaining the business continuity.

I tested VM replication process using Vembu BDR, and found that replicating a VM using Vembu technology is pretty simple and easy using very friendly UI.

Before starting the process, I want to explain that due to limited home lab resources, I didn’t create a DR site. I’ve two ESXi hosts with 8 GB RAM, one of them is considered as a DR site but on same network, and we’ll replicate a VM from one host and place it on other host (considered as a DR site).

Let’s start the step by step process.

Click on Vembu BDR Server icon from your desktop and login using your credentials.

Click on VM Replication and under Added VMware Servers, click on VM Replication next to your ESXi host name which you want to replicate its VM(s). Then, select a VM and click Next.

Once VM is selected, in next step configure your schedule as per your requirements and click Next.

After configure scheduling, Application Aware Settings are optional. If you select Application Aware Process, it will backup a particular application (i-e MS Outlook, SQL Server etc) and VM’s login credentials will also be required. In my case, I’m leaving it default and clicked Next.

Under Target Replication Host tab, choose your target VMware Server, datastore where VM will be stored after replication, Replica Suffix Name, and Retention Count, and click Next.

Network mapping can be helpful if you use different networks in the production site and DR site. In this situation, you can configure a table that maps production networks to networks in the DR site. In my case, I’m not using DR site on the same network, so I will leave Configure Networks option blank.

Under Configure Network Re-IP Mapping[optional] option, Network Re-IP Mapping rules can be helpful if the IP addressing scheme in the production site differs from that in the DR site scheme. In this situation, you can configure a number of re-IP rules for the replication job. When you perform failover, Vembu Backup & Replication will check if configured re-IP rules apply for the VM replica. If a re-IP rule applies, the VM replica will get a new IP address according to the new network mask, and you will be able to reach this VM replica in the DR site. In my case, I’ll leave it blank.

Enter job name, review your settings and click Next to continue.

Configurations are completed. Please confirm to proceed further after clicking OK button.

After clicking OK button, replication process will be started. It will take some to continue, relax and have a cup of coffee.

When is replication process is started, it will look like this.

When replication job is completed, it will look like this.

Final Thoughts

VM Replication is considered the most important and on-demand approach for modern data centers to achieve the business continuity. Thanks to Vembu Technologies for providing such a complete and easy to use solution for small to medium environments. I highly recommend to use Vembu BDR Suite for achieving business continuity.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, if you have any query feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading, and share it to social media if you feel worth sharing it. Be friendly and sociable

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