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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Automate VM Protection with vRO & Zerto Virtual Replication – ZVM only

In this blog post I will show you how to fully automate the protection of new VMs with Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5 (ZVR) and vRealize Orchestrator (vRO).

This example is for a Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) that is not managed by a Zerto Cloud Manager (ZCM) and therefore won’t use the concept of ZCM managed service profiles. We will be using a combination of vSphere folders, vRO, PowerShell, a settings CSV and ZVR REST APIs to achieve automated protection.

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Automate VM Protection with vRO & Zerto Virtual Replication – ZVM & ZCM

In this blog post I will show you how to fully automate the protection of new VMs with Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5 (ZVR) and vRealize Orchestrator (vRO).

This example is for a Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) that is managed by a Zerto Cloud Manager (ZCM) and therefore uses service profiles pushed from the ZCM to the ZVM. A new service profile has to be created from the ZCM and used in this workflow as this is a requirement of automating VM protection through the Zerto API. We will be using a combination of vSphere folders, vRO, PowerShell, a settings CSV and ZVR REST APIs to achieve automated protection.

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Automating Bulk VM Protection – ZVM & ZCM

In this blog post I will show you how to automate the protection of VMs during initial configuration or re-installation of Zerto to a new datacenter. This example is only for a Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) managed by a Zerto Cloud Manager (ZCM).

I’m going to be using a combination of PowerShell, REST APIs and CSVs to complete the task. As a best practice I wouldn’t recommend creating too many VPGs simultaneously as you don’t want to overload the vCenter, storage, WAN and Zerto resources available to you. I’ll leave you to decide your own number but I personally would stick to batches of 5-25 depending on what you have at your disposal.

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Automating Bulk VM Protection with Zerto Virtual Replication – ZVM only

In this blog post I will show you how to automate the protection of VMs during initial configuration or re-installation of Zerto to a new datacenter. This example is only for a Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) that is not managed by a Zerto Cloud Manager (ZCM).

I’m going to be using a combination of PowerShell, REST APIs and CSVs to complete the task. As a best practice I wouldn’t recommend creating too many VPGs simultaneously as you don’t want to overload the vCenter, storage, WAN and Zerto resources available to you. I’ll leave you to decide your own number but I personally would stick to batches of 5-25 depending on what you have at your disposal.

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Introduction to Automating VM Protection with Zerto Virtual Replication

One of the most common requests I hear in my role at Zerto is to automate the protection of VMs. The 2 main use cases for this request are typically:

  1. Bulk VM protection during initial installation or re-installation. I.E you have 800 VMs to re-protect to a new datacenter and it would make more sense to automate the process (which came from a recent customer request).
  2. Automate the protection of new VMs. I.E you have new VMs being created on an hourly/daily/weekly basis be it from templates, vRealize Orchestrator or a self-service catalog and you want to automate the protection of VMs without having to manually configure DR.

The good news is that both of these use cases are easily achievable using Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5, PowerShell and the new APIs, with the examples I’m going to give you.

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Getting a List of VMs by VPG

Hi all!

In response to a recent MyZerto forum request I thought I’d write a short post on how to obtain a simple piece of information from Zerto; what VMs are protected and their VPG name. Read more of this post