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Monitoring Replication and Initiating Operations

Use the Replication monitor to view sync status information.

You can also perform failover or failback operations for selected VMs.

Before You Begin

During a replication operation, you can only modify destination network settings for Windows VMs. Linux VMs are replicated without network connections.

Procedure

  1. From the navigation pane, go to Monitoring > Replication Monitor.

    The Replication Monitor page appears.

  2. To control replication for a replication pair, in the Actions column for a replication pair, click the action action_button button, click Replication, and then select one of the following options:
    • Enable: Turn on replication for the replication pair.
    • Disable: Turn off replication for the replication pair.
    • Mark for full replication: Replicate the destination VM from the most recent full or synthetic full backup and any subsequent incremental backups.
  3. For Amazon or VMware destination sites: To control validation, in the Actions column for a replication pair, click the action action_button button, click DR VM validation, and then select one of the following options:
    • Enable: Turn on validation for the selected destination VM, regardless of whether that option is enabled for the replication group or replication plan that includes the VM.
    • Disable: Turn off validation for the selected destination VM, regardless of whether that option is enabled for the replication group or replication plan that includes the VM.
    • As per Replication Group Setting: Use the configured replication group or replication plan to determine whether to validate destination VMs.
  4. To initiate a failover to a replication target, in the Actions column for a replication pair, click the action action_button button, click Failover, and then select one of the following options:
    • Planned: Performs a planned failover so that you can test the failover process or perform maintenance on your primary site.

      Planned failover is supported only when the replication schedule is configured to use regular streaming backups. Planned failover is not supported if the schedule is configured to run from IntelliSnap backup copies.

    • Point in time: Select a point-in-time recovery point to use for the failover operation.
    • Reverse replication: Update the source VM on the primary site with changes from the VM running on the secondary site.
    • Undo failover: Discard changes from the secondary site and make the original source VM active again.
    • Unplanned: In the event that the primary site is unavailable, this option disables replication and powers up destination VMs at the disaster recovery site with appropriate network connections and IP addresses.

      Note: For an unplanned failover, some changes on the source VM might not be synced to the destination VM. For this reason, it is best to use the Failback option only after a planned failover.

    • Test boot VM: (only for Hyper-V and VMware destination sites) Powers on the destination virtual machines to verify that they are ready for use in the event of a disaster. To avoid conflicts with the source VM and ensure that the virtual machine is not modified by the test boot, this scenario takes a snapshot of the virtual machine before the test boot, boots destination VMs with network connections disabled, and reverts to the snapshot afterwards.

      Note: For Test Boot VM, select virtual machines that are part of the same replication schedule.

  5. For virtual machines that have failed over, to execute a Failback operation, in the Actions column for a replication pair, click the action action_button button, and then click Failback.

    You can only execute a failback operation for virtual machines from the same schedule.

    After the failback operation, the next backup of the source VM will be a full backup.

  6. To remove a replication pair, delete the replication pair, and then choose whether to also delete the destination VM:
    1. In the Actions column for a replication pair, click the action action_button button, and then click Delete.

      The Delete VM from replication monitor dialog box appears.

    2. To delete the replicated VM at the destination site, select the Delete destination VM check box.
    3. Click Submit.

      Notes:

      • If the deleted VM is part of a replication group, deleting the VM also removes the VM from the replication group, and the VM is not included in ongoing replication operations.
      • If the deleted VM is part of a VM group that was replicated by being associated with a replication plan, the VM remains part of the VM group and the VM is included in ongoing replication operations.
      • You cannot delete a destination VM if a replication operation, failover operation, or failback operation is starting, in progress, or paused.
  7. To execute the same operation for multiple replication pairs, select the check box beside one or more replication pairs, and then choose to control validation for Amazon or VMware destinations, control replication, or initiate a failover:
    • For Amazon or VMware destination sites: To control validation, in the upper-right area of the page, click DR VM validation, and then select one of the following options:
      • Enable
      • Disable
      • As per Replication Group Setting
    • To control replication for multiple replication pairs, in the upper-right area of the page, click Replication, and then select one of the following options:
      • Enable
      • Disable
      • Mark for full replication
    • To initiate a failover to a replication target, in the upper-right area of the page, click Failover, and then select one of the following options:
      • Planned
      • Point in time
      • Reverse replication
      • Undo failover
      • Unplanned
      • Test boot VM (only for Hyper-V and Vmware destination sites)

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Last modified: 5/17/2019 7:27:30 PM