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RapidDR & Backup Policy Design Question

 
koal
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RapidDR & Backup Policy Design Question

We have two SVT Clusters, each with their own vCenter and in linked mode with each other.  One is our produciton site and the other our DR site.  Our production site is the only environment with active machines.  DR site is bascially empty, currently.

We have configured our backup policies to backup each production machine locally to the production cluster and also remotely to the DR cluster.  (This is a pretty standard backup strategy I would assume).

The DR scenario that we are designing for assumes that our production site has been lost.  Meaning the production vCenter and cluster are inaccessible from the DR cluster. 

When configuring RapidDR for this, it appears that you can only choose the production side vcenter as the source for the backups to use to restore machines into the DR cluster.  In our scenario we are wanting to use the backups of our production machines that have been stored on the DR cluster according to our backup policies.

After attempting to configure RapidDR for this scenario it seems that's outside of the design for the tool.  Does this seem right?  Can you only recover to an alternate cluster from the original clusters backups?  Is there no way to use the DR-stored backups for recovery?

Hopefully I've explained this clearly.  Can clarify if needed.

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Vasquez69
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Re: RapidDR & Backup Policy Design Question


@koal wrote:

We have two SVT Clusters, each with their own vCenter and in linked mode with each other.  One is our produciton site and the other our DR site.  Our production site is the only environment with active machines.  DR site is bascially empty, currently.

We have configured our backup policies to backup each production machine locally to the production cluster and also remotely to the DR cluster.  (This is a pretty standard backup strategy I would assume).

The DR scenario that we are designing for assumes that our production site has been lost.  Meaning the production vCenter and cluster are inaccessible from the DR cluster. 

When configuring RapidDR for this, it appears that you can only choose the production side vcenter as the source for the backups to use to restore machines into the DR cluster.  In our scenario we are wanting to use the backups of our production machines that have been stored on the DR cluster according to our backup policies.

After attempting to configure RapidDR for this scenario it seems that's outside of the design for the tool.  Does this seem right?  Can you only recover to an alternate cluster from the original clusters backups?  Is there no way to use the DR-stored backups for recovery?

Hopefully I've explained this clearly.  Can clarify if needed.



Backup and recovery describes the process of creating and storing copies of data, so do you have any storage avaliable?

koal
Occasional Contributor

Re: RapidDR & Backup Policy Design Question

Yes.  Storage is readily available and the backups that we'd like to restore from are also available in this scenario.  The problem that I'm running into is having the automated RapidDR tool automate retriveing from and restoring to the locations that I'd like.

From DR cluster storage -> To DR cluster storage... the caveat being that the backups that I'm restoring are of VMs that were originally in the Production cluster's inventory.. not the DR clusters.