Configuring disaster recovery using Zerto

To provide business continuity in the event of a disaster, you can set up your VMware Engine private cloud as a recovery site for your on-premises applications. The replication and orchestration platform for the recovery solution described in this document is based on Zerto Virtual Replication. This recovery solution allows critical infrastructure and application virtual machines (VMs) to be replicated continuously from your on-premises vCenter to your private cloud.

You can use your private cloud for failover testing and to ensure the availability of your application during a disaster. You can follow a similar approach to set up the private cloud as a primary site that is protected by a recovery site on-premises, at a different location, or in a different VMware Engine private cloud.

  • Eliminates the need to set up a data center specifically for disaster recovery.
  • Helps with worldwide geographic resilience by leveraging the Google Cloud locations where VMware Engine is deployed.
  • Gives you an option to reduce deployment costs and total cost of ownership for disaster recovery.

This recovery solution requires you to do the following:

  • Install, configure, and manage Zerto in your private cloud.
  • Provide your own licenses for Zerto when the private cloud is the protected site. You can pair Zerto running on the site with your on-premises site licensing.

Zerto solution architecture

Zerto disaster recovery architecture.

Before you begin

To enable Zerto Virtual Replication from your on-premises environment to your private cloud, complete the following prerequisites:

  1. Connect your on-premises network to your VMware Engine private cloud
  2. Set up DNS lookup of your private cloud management components from your on-premises network to forward requests to your private cloud DNS servers. To enable forwarding of DNS lookup, create a forwarding zone entry in your on-premises DNS server for to private cloud DNS servers.
  3. Set up DNS lookup for on-premises vCenter components to be forwarded to your on-premises DNS servers. The DNS servers must be reachable from your private cloud.
  4. Install a Microsoft Windows server on your private cloud.
  5. Install Zerto Virtual Manager on the Windows server.
  6. Identify a solution user account to use with Zerto manager, and set a strong password for the solution user account.

Optional configuration on your private cloud

  1. Create one or more resource pools on your private cloud vCenter to use as target resource pools for virtual machines from your on-premises environment.
  2. Create one or more folders on your private cloud vCenter to use as target folders for virtual machines from your on-premises environment.
  3. Create subnets on your private cloud for your failover network and set up required firewall rules.
  4. Install or configure DHCP and DNS servers or use an Active Directory domain controller in your private cloud.

Deploy a disaster recovery solution using Zerto in your private cloud

The following sections describe how to deploy a disaster recovery solution using Zerto Virtual Replication in your private cloud.

Set up ZVM and VRA on your private cloud

  1. Install Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) on a Windows server in your private cloud.
  2. Sign in to ZVM using a solution user account from your private cloud.
  3. Set up licensing for Zerto Virtual Manager.
  4. Install Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA) on the ESXi hosts of your private cloud.
  5. Pair your private cloud ZVM with your on-premises ZVM.

Set up a Zerto virtual protection group

  1. Create a virtual protection group (VPG) and specify its priority.
  2. Select the VM that require protection for business continuity and customize the boot order, if needed.
  3. Select the recovery site as your private cloud and the default recovery server as the private cloud cluster or the resource group you created. Select vsanDatastore for the recovery datastore on your private cloud.

  4. Customize storage options as required.

  5. Specify the recovery networks to use for failover network and failover test network, providing the subnets created earlier, and customize the recovery scripts, as required.

  6. Customize the network settings for individual virtual machines, if necessary, and create the VPG.

  7. After the replication completes, test your failover.

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