Getting Started With Zerto-Part 10: Configuring Advance Site Settings

In last post of this series we had a look at various dashboards from where we can monitor zerto. Also we learned how to create custom dashboards as per requirement to view very specific details.

In this post we will learn about some advance configuration settings that we can do with zerto. These advance settings are skipped while performing an express install.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 9: Monitoring VPG

In last post of this series, we learnt how to use tags for manually created checkpoint. In this post we will explore zerto dashboards to see ow a VPG can be monitored.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components

2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

3: Installing Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance

4: Creating Virtual Protection Group

5: Performing Test Failover

6: Move VPG from Protection Site to Recovery Site Read More

Enabling Zerto Plugin in vSphere 6 WebClient

While working with Zerto in my lab, I noticed one weird thing that Zrto plugin was not automatically integrated with vSphere Web Client. Same plugin was visible in vSphere thick client though. That’s why I said its a bit weird as VMware wants to get rid of C# client and not much development is being done for it.

All new features of VMware is not only available in Web Client and now I am used of it. So I was looking for if there is any way to enable the plugin in Web Client and then I came across this article by virtubytes. Although the article is written for vSphere 6.5, but the solution worked in vSphere 6.0 as well. Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 8: Checkpoint Tagging

In last post of this series, we discussed about scenarios where we can perform live failover and then we actually tested the same in lab. In this post we will learn about tagging checkpoints.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components

2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

3: Installing Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance

4: Creating Virtual Protection Group

5: Performing Test Failover Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 7: Performing Live Failover

In last post of this series, we learnt how to move VPG from protected site to recovery site in the event of when some maintenance activity needs to be prformed on protected site. In this post we will learn to live failover VM’s to recovery site. 

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components

2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

3: Installing Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 6: Move VPG from Protection Site to Recovery Site

In last post of this series we learnt how to test failover a VM from protected site to recovery site. We also had a look on series of events that are triggered when a test failover is initiated. At last we learnt how to stop (test cleanup) a failover.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components

2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

3: Installing Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 5: Performing Test Failover

In last post of this series, we learned about role of VPG.  Also we created a test VPG and saw initial data synch happening between the protected and recovery site. In this post we will learn how to perform test failover.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components

2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

3: Installing Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance

4: Creating Virtual Protection Group Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 4: Creating Virtual Protection Group

In last post of this series, we deployed VRA’s on each Esxi host and paired the protected and recovery site. In this post we will learn about Zerto Virtual Protection Group (VPG).

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components

2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

3: Installing Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance

What is Zerto Virtual Protection Group?

Virtual Protection Group enables virtual machines to be grouped together in same consistency group. Meaning, you can group together those virtual machines which you want to recover together in case of disaster or during test failover.  Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 3: Deploying Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance

In last post of this series we deployed ZVM. In this post we will deploy the VRA appliance and will see how to pair protected and recovery sites.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Zerto Architecture and Components

2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

VRA is a debian based VM and it is the replication engine that manages the changed blocks for replication and the compression of the data. VRA mirrors protected VMs I/O operations to the recovery site. The OVF template for VRA is embedded into ZVM and VRA’s can only be deployed from within ZVM interface. Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 2: Installing Zerto Virtual Manager

In last post of this series, we discussed about architecture and components of Zerto and we talked about few roles and responsibilities that zerto virtual manager (ZVM) is accountable for. In this post we will learn how to deploy and do basic configuration of ZVM.

Before we move ahead, lets quickly recap what exactly ZVM is responsible for. The main function of ZVM are:

  • It  manages everything required for replication between the protected and recovery site. The actual replication of data is done by VRA though.
  • It interacts with vCenter Server or SCVMM to get the inventory of VM’s, disk size, network settings and host details etc.
  • It monitors changes in VMware environment and responds to that changes, for example, when a protected VM is migrated from one host to another, ZVM intercepts this change and updates this info in the ZVM portal.

Lab Design

Below diagram (not a great one) shows high level overview of components used in my lab. I have 2 sites which are connected via WAN link. I have vCenter server and ZVM deployed on both sites.  Read More

Getting Started With Zerto-Part 1: Zerto Architecture and Components

I am not new to Disaster Recovery solutions as we use vSphere Replication extensively in our environment for DR purpose. There were few features in vSphere Replication that used to annoy me at times and when I heard about awesomeness of Zerto from few friends, I decided to give it a go in my lab.

In this post we will look into what zerto is and will discuss about its architecture and components. Let’s get started.

What is Zerto?

Zerto is an Israel based company and was founded by Ziv and Oded Kedem. Zerto is specialized in providing enterprise class BC/DR solution for virtual datacenters and cloud based infrastructure.  Read More