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Manage disaster recovery plan

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This topic provides instructions to perform the following disaster recovery tasks:

View a disaster recovery plan

The DR Plans tab displays details of the existing DR plans.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab.
    The DR Plans page displays the details of the available DR plans.
    • DR Plan Name: The name of the DR plan.
    • Description: The description of the DR plan.
    • Replication Frequency: The frequency that specifies how often the backed up virtual machine is replicated to its DR copy, for example, Immediately after backup, Daily, or Weekly.
    • #VMs: The number of virtual machines mapped to the DR plan.
    • Latest Failover: The date, timestamp, and job details of the latest failover operation performed for the virtual machines associated with the DR plan.
    • Latest Failover Status: The status of the failover job, such as:
      • Queued: The failover job is waiting to be processed.
      • Running: The failover job is being processed.
      • Successful: The failover job processed without any errors.
      • Successful with errors: The failover is processed but has some errors.
      • Failed: The failover job is not processed successfully.

Edit a disaster recovery plan

You can edit the name and the description of the DR plan. You can also modify the replication frequency configured for the DR plan. Based on the modified frequency, on each schedule, the existing DR copy is replaced with the latest DR copy created using the latest restore point available for the virtual machine.

Procedure  

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab.
  5. On the DR Plans page, click the DR plan that you want to edit.
    The DR plan details page appears.
  6. On the top-right corner of the page, click the icon, and select the Edit Plan option from the list.
  7. On the Edit DR Plan Details page, edit the required details.
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    • Plan Name: The name of the DR plan.
    • Description: The description of the DR plan.
    • Replication Frequency: The frequency that specifies how often the DR copy is updated on AWS. You can select one of the following options from the drop-down list:
      • Immediately after backup: The DR copy update starts immediately after a successful backup of the virtual machine configured for disaster recovery.
      • Daily: The DR copy update starts every day at the configured time.
      • Weekly: The DR copy update every week at the configured time.
    • Start Time: The time when you want the DR copy update to start. In the adjacent box, select the AM or PM option depending on when you want the DR copy to get updated.
      The Start Time list appears only if you select the Daily or Weekly options from the Replication Frequency drop-down list.
  8. Click Save.

After you update a DR plan, the virtual machines mapped to the DR plan get scheduled for disaster recovery as per the configuration.

Delete a disaster recovery plan

You can delete a DR Plan that you no longer need. Before deleting a DR plan, ensure that you have unconfigured all the virtual machines associated with the DR plan. You can unconfigure virtual machines from the configured DR plan. When you unconfigure virtual machines from a DR plan, the assets created during the previous DR copies get deleted. Failure of deletion of assets generates an alert containing assets details.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab.
  5. On the DR Plans page, click the DR plan that you want to delete.
    The DR Plan details page appears.
  6. On the top-right corner of the page, click the icon, and select the Delete option from the list.
    A confirmation dialog box appears.
  7. Click Yes to proceed with the deletion of the DR plan.

After you delete a DR plan, Phoenix deletes the schedule defined in the plan. Phoenix no longer recovers virtual machines associated with that DR plan.

Add virtual machines to an existing DR plan

You can add virtual machines from multiple registered vCenters/ESXi hosts and administrative groups to a DR plan. After adding virtual machines to a DR plan, you can recover virtual machines based on the schedule defined in the plan.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab.
  5. On the DR Plans page, click the DR plan to which you want to add virtual machines.
  6. Click Add VM.
  7. On the Add VMs page, select the virtual machines that you want to add to the DR plan or select the checkbox next to the VM Name column to add all the configured virtual machines to the DR plan.
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    Note: The Add VMs page displays only those virtual machines which are configured for backup.

  1. Click Next.

After you add virtual machines to the DR plan, you must now configure the failover settings for the virtual machines added to the DR plan.

Add failover settings to a virtual machine

The VM Failover Settings tab allows you to add failover settings to the virtual machines for disaster recovery.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab in the left pane.
  5. On the DR Plans page, click the DR plan associated with the virtual machine for which you want to configure the failover settings.
  6. On the DR Plan details page, select a virtual machine to add failover settings or select the checkbox next to the VM Name column to select all the virtual machines to add failover settings.
  7. Click the icon and click the VM Failover Settings option from the list.
  8. On the VM Failover Settings page, provide the following failover settings in the Production and Test tabs, respectively.
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    • Instance Type: The type of EC2 instance Phoenix created after the VMware virtual machine is restored in the AWS account using the available DR copy. Select an instance type based on the virtual machine you are configuring for failover.
    • IAM Role: Select the required IAM identity role to allow the Phoenix AWS proxy access your AWS account.
    • Volume Type: Select the required type of the Amazon EBS volume that you want to attach to the EC2 instance, such as Magnetic, General Purpose SSD, or Provisioned IOPS SSD. For more information about the volume type options, refer to the AWS documentation.
    • Instance Tags (Key-Value): Enter a label in the key-value format and assign it to your AWS EC2 resources to categorize the AWS resources in different ways. For more information about tags, refer to the AWS documentation.
    • Subnet: Displays the segment of the IP address range of a VPC to which you can attach the EC2 instances.
    • Public IP: The public IP address assigned to the virtual machine. The following are the values of the Public IP field:
      • None
      • Elastic
      • Auto-Assign
        By default, the public IP will be assigned to None. For more information about the public IP options, see Public IP options.
    • Private IP: The private IP address assigned to the virtual machine. The following are the values of the Private IP field:
      • Elastic
      • Auto-Assign
        By default, the private IP will be assigned to Auto- Assign. For more information about the private IP options, see Private IP options.
    • Security Group: Select the required security group from the drop-down list.
  9. Click Save.

Update a DR copy

Phoenix regularly updates the DR copy of the backed up virtual machines based on the schedule defined in the DR plan set during configuration. In addition to the scheduled DR copy update, you can manually update the DR copy at any time.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab.
  5. Click the DR plan associated with the virtual machine for which you want to trigger the DR copy update operation.
  6. On the DR Plan details page, select a virtual machine for which you want to trigger the DR copy operation or select the checkbox next to the VM Name column to trigger the operation for all the virtual machines.
  7. Click the icon and select the Update DR Copy option from the list.
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  8. Select Yes on the confirmation dialog box to trigger the update operation.

Phoenix updates the DR copy in the AWS account. The update DR copy job is triggered and you can track its progress on the Jobs page. The  Job Type of the update DR copy job is DR Restore.

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Disable disaster recovery

You can disable the disaster recovery service for a virtual machine associated with a DR plan at any time. After disabling, the DR copies not updated for the virtual machines. However, you can failover the virtual machine using the last DR copy created before the DR was disabled. The DR copy updates will resume only after you enable the service on the virtual machine.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab. The DR Plans tab lists the available DR plans.
  5. Click the DR plan associated with the virtual machine.
    The DR plan details page opens.
  6. In the VMs tab, select the virtual machine(s) for which you want to disable the disaster recovery service or select the checkbox next to the VM Name column to select all virtual machines.
  7. Click the icon and select the Disable DR option.
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  8. Click Continue on the confirmation dialog box to disable the disaster recovery service.

The disaster recovery service gets disabled for the virtual machine.

Enable disaster recovery

You can enable disaster recovery for a virtual machine associated with a DR plan to recover the backup data in the event of a disaster. After enabling, the DR copies are updated for the virtual machines and you can failover virtual machines using these DR copies.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab. The DR Plans tab lists the available DR plans.
  5. Click the DR plan associated with the virtual machine.
    The DR plan details page opens.
  6. In the VMs tab, select the virtual machine(s) for which you want to enable the disaster recovery service or select the checkbox next to the VM Name column to select all virtual machines.
  7. Click the icon and select the Enable DR option.
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  8. Click Continue on the confirmation message displayed to enable the disaster recovery service.

The disaster recovery gets enabled for the virtual machine.

Remove a virtual machine

You can unconfigure virtual machines from the configured DR plan. When you unconfigure virtual machines from a DR plan, the assets created during the previous DR copies get deleted. Failure of deletion of assets generates an alert containing assets details.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Disaster Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab. The DR Plans tab lists the available DR plans.
  5. Click the DR plan associated with the virtual machine that you want to remove.
    The DR plan details page appears.
  6. In the VMs tab, select the virtual machine(s) that you want to remove from the DR plan or select the checkbox next to the VM Name column to select all virtual machines.
  7. Click the icon and select the Remove VM option.
  8. Click Continue on the confirmation dialog box to remove the virtual machine from the DR plan.

The virtual machine(s) gets unconfigured from disaster recovery.