SRM: How to Configure Priority Groups in SRM

Site Recovery Manager provides Priority group feature where you can configure Priority for the Virtual Machines. It means that you can configure High Priority for Most Important virtual machines and less priority for less important virtual machines. In this post we will see on how to configure priority for the virtual machines in SRM Step by Step.

There are five priority groups in Site Recovery Manager from 1 to 5. Where 1 is the Highest Priority where your important virtual machines will be there and 5 is the lowest Priority where your less important virtual machines will be there.  The virtual machines in priority group one are recovered first, then the virtual machines in priority group two are recovered, and so on. All virtual machines in a priority group are started at the same time and the next priority group is started only after all virtual machines are booted up and responding.

This provides administrators one option for prioritizing the recovery of virtual machines. For example, the most important virtual machines with the lowest RTO are typically placed in the first priority group and less important virtual machines in subsequent priority groups. For Example you have 3 servers DB,APP and Web Servers. So you will put DB Server in first priority group to be started first then App Server and then Web Server so your Application will start in smooth fashion.

So Let’s see how to configure Priority Group:

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.
Go to Site Recovery.

configure priority group SRM

Step 2:
Click Open Site Recovery.

configure priority group SRM

Step 3:
Go to Recovery Plans tab and select recovery plan for which you want to configure Priority.
Select the VM and click on Priority Group.
Set the Priority which you want for your virtual machines.

configure priority group SRM

Step 4:
You will get Change Priority prompt.
Click YES to save and change the priority.

configure priority group SRM

Step 5:
Once you configure Priority for Virtual Machines, It will be show in Priority TAB as shown.

configure priority group SRM


That’s it, Using this way you can easily configure Priority for the Virtual Machines based on your requirements.

Note: For configuring Priority your virtual machines should be in 1 protection group.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 2 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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