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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Automating VRA Deployment

In the first post in this series I covered the basics of establishing an authenticated session with the Zerto API and connecting to the vCenter server. You need to configure the script examples covered in this first post in order to follow the instructions in this blog post, you can find this here:

https://virtuallysober.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/introduction-to-powershell-and-zerto-rest-api-scripting/

In the Zerto GUI its very simple to deploy a Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA), you simply click New VRA, specify the information required and click Install. Then with no-impact, no downtime or maintenance mode the VRA is deployed to the ESXi host in minutes: Read more of this post

Long term RPO & Storage Reporting

In the last post I covered the basics of establishing an authenticated session with the Zerto API and connecting to the vCenter server. You need to configure the script examples covered in the first post in order to follow the instructions in this blog post, you can find this here:

https://virtuallysober.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/introduction-to-powershell-and-zerto-rest-api-scripting/

In the Zerto GUI you can see real-time statistics on Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and storage consumption. This gives you an easy to use overview on what is currently happening on the Zerto platform at all times, but there is a catch. Read more of this post

Introduction to PowerShell and Zerto REST API scripting

It has been quite some time since my last post and to make up for this I’m going to give you some seriously useful goodies, based on using PowerShell in combination with the Zerto REST API!

Utilizing PowerShell with the REST API opens up a world of possibilities as you are no longer restricted to solely using the PowerShell cmdlets provided by Zerto. You can now report and automate tasks that previously were only possible using the GUI. Below are some of the examples I’m going to be covering in the next few blog posts:

  1. Long term RPO & storage reporting
  2. Automating VRA deployment
  3. Automating VM protection with vRealize Orchestrator

Before we get into detail of specific examples you first need to build a PowerShell script to authenticate and create a session to the Zerto Virtual Manager and the vCenter it is connected to. Read more of this post