Setting an SRM VM Priority from vRO

Recently I was given a requirement to enhance a vRO workflow which added a VM to disaster Recovery policy in SRM. The existing workflow by default added all VMs added to Priority 3 (normal) start up order. My requirement was to allow the user to specify the start up order.

Having a quick look at the environment, I could see that the SRM plugin was used so felt this was a good start – however it soon became apparent that it wasn’t ideal for me given that the information we can get out of the plugin is limited never mind having to manipulate that data. Looking online , it seemed that using PowerShell was the common answer to automating this, but I also had a constraint of not introducing any new plugins. During my online hunt I found the SRM 6.5 API guide and this became a nice resource. By browsing this API guide it became apparent that SOAP API was my only option and I continued to refer to this guide in order to find a solution – https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/srm-api/site-recovery-manager-65-api.pdf.

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vBrownbag

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting on vBrownbag with my colleague Konrad Clapa. Konrad is a double VCDX in DCV and CMA and I am very proud that we where able to speak about our vRO and vRA best practices. We have worked together for around 3 years now developing and architecting the Service Catalog for Atos DDC and DPC products. See our session below and get in touch with any questions ……

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Creating a vRO 7.3 Cluster

Recently, we decided to test vRO 7.3 in clustered mode. In previous versions we have not had a great experience with vRO clusters and as a result have always had single vROs in Master and Slave setup. With the latest version seemingly giving more stability we have created a POC and Load Balanced as much as possible. I noticed a lack of blog posts about setting this up and decided to add one here.

At this stage I am assuming some pre-requisites met and design decisions have been made:

  • Load Balancers and DNS names have been setup for vRA and vRO
  • vRA has been configured and will be used as vRO authentication mode
  • SQL will be used as the Database for the cluster
  • vRO appliances have been deployed and powered on

Set Up Initial vRO Instance

Logon to the fist of our 2 vRO appliances using the control center URL – https://hostnameoffvro001.domain.local:8283/vco-controlcenter

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