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How to Deploy Site Recovery Manager Appliance Step by Step

VMware has announced the newer version of site recovery manager few months back, new version of Site recovery manager comes as an OVF appliance. New SRM appliance is based on the Photon OS and it is very easy to deploy and configure.

By introducing the appliance for site recovery manager you don’t need windows server to install site recovery manager. In the previous version of site recovery manager you have to download the windows installer & install it on the windows server to configure your disaster recovery solution. Due to the dependency of the windows server vmware has introduced as an appliance version where you can simply deploy appliance as a VM in your vSphere environment. Now you will save the additional windows server requirement as well as the license which is used for that windows server.

Before going for deployment you need to download the Appliance from VMware site:

deploy site recovery manager appliance

After Downloading the appliance you will get it as an ISO file, Extract the iso file.

In this post we will see on How to deploy the site recovery manager appliance step by step:

Step 1:
Login to vSphere web client.
Select the Cluster & right click > Deploy OVF Template.

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Step 2:
Deploy OVF template wizard will start.
Select Local file & click Choose files to browse the appliance files.

deploy site recovery manager appliance

Step 3:
After extracting the ISO, go to bin folder.
Here you will find the Site Recovery manager files.
Select all files & click Open.

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Step 4:
Click Next to continue deployment.

deploy site recovery manager appliance

Step 5:
Provide the name for the appliance VM & select the location for the vm.
Click Next to continue.

deploy site recovery manager appliance

Step 6:
Select the compute resource for the SRM appliance & click Next to continue.

Deploy SRM appliance

Step 7:
You will get the Site Recovery Manager appliance details.
Click Next to continue.

Deploy SRM appliance

Step 8:
Read & Accept the license agreement & click Next to continue.

Deploy SRM appliance

Step 9:
Select the deployment configuration based on your requirement. If you have the large environment you can go for 4vCPU option.
Click Next to continue.

Deploy SRM appliance

Step 10:
Select the datastore & disk format for the appliance deployment.
Click Next to continue.

Deploy SRM appliance

Step 11:
Provide the destination network, IP allocation & IP protocol for the appliance.
Click Next to continue.

Deploy SRM appliance

Step 12:
Here you need to provide the various details with networking for the SRM appliance which are important.
Below are details which you will be configuring:

  • Enable SSHD
  • Initial root password
  • Initial admin user password
  • Initial database password
  • NTP server
  • Networking configuration such as IP address, Hostname, DNS, Gateway etc.

Make sure to set the proper password for root, admin & database.
admin password you will need after deployment to configure the appliance.
Click Next to continue.

Deploy SRM appliance

Step 13:
Review all the configuration & click Finish to start the deployment.

Deploy SRM appliance

 

Appliance deployment will be completed in few minutes based on your environment, once the appliance is deployed successfully you will see VM for the appliance.

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Now you have successfully deployed the Site recovery manager appliance , In the next post we will see appliance overview & how to configure & integrate appliance with vCenter Server.

Checkout posts on Site Recovery Manager:

Site Recovery Manager appliance overview

How to configure site recovery manager appliance & connect to vCenter Server ?

Site Recovery Manager Deep Dive.

That’s it how easy it is the new site recovery manager appliance deployment. So now for your disaster recovery solution using SRM you don’t need an windows server dependency, you can simply download the appliance and deploy it as a VM in your environment.

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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 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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