Upgrading to Site Recovery Manager 5.1 offers many advantages, including access to VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions. Completing the task isn’t difficult, but it does require following a series of steps in the proper order, first on the protected site then on the recovery site.
Here’s an overview of what you’ll need to do:
SRM 5.1 requires a 64 bit DSN. To create one, log in on the machine that has SRM 5.0, back up to SRM database, create a 64 bit DSN, and upgrade the SRM-connected VCenter server to 5.1.
You can upgrade the SRM server without migrating. This allows you to perform the upgrade without changing any of the current installation’s information. To do so, follow the procedures listed here.
If you choose, you can instead change the SRM server to a new host. To do so, you will need to create an SRM sever install on the chosen host and join it to the previous install’s SRM database.
Next, you will need to upgrade the SRM client plug in. First, ensure that you have already upgraded the VCenter, SRM and VSphere client servers to version 5. Then log into the computer that contains the VSphere client and remove the 5.0 plug in, if it has been installed.
Next, the upgraded components must be configured for an SRM install. Remember that 5.1 is a 64 bit app. You will need 64 bit storage array adapters (SRAs) that will work with version 5.1.
Lastly, you must upgrade the VSphere app. You can do so with the VSphere update manger or the virtual appliance management interfaces (VAMI). Once you have completed this step the upgrade will be complete. Note: with SRM 5.1/VSphere Replication 5.1, VSphere Replication is a single application, not two separate ones.
If you prefer, you can print a document containing all of the necessary procedures here. Under the printer icon, choose “print the current topics and subtopics.” It’s all pretty straightforward but the hard part is getting the time to do the upgrade. If you’re looking for additional cloud like disaster recovery solutions get more information you can vist our cloud disaster recovery solutions page.