SRM with VMAX 20K – Part III: Installing Site Recovery Manager Servers

In this post, I’m going to walk through configuring Site Recovery Manager on both my Primary (Protected) and Secondary (Recovery) site.

The installation is very easy, although during it you are asked to provide your SSL certificate. At the time I didn’t have one so I completed the install without, but my next post will detail how to go back and re-import it once you are done.

SRM Installation

1) Login to your Primary SRM Server.

2) Run the SRM installation media, for me that is SRM 5.5

3) Confirm the language selection for your region.


4) At the first screen, proceed by hitting Next.

5) Accept the Patent and copyright information and then the EULA Information, hit Next.

6) Select your choice of installation disk. For me, that was an extra data disk D:\

7) At the next step, ensure “Do not install vSphere Replication” is selected as we are configuring that on the VMAX Array.

8) Enter in the Primary site vCenter Server details, which are associated to this SRM server being configured.

9) Select “Automatically Generate a Certificate” for now, the next part in my guide will address this, hit Next.

10) Enter in the Organizational information specific to you, hit Next.

11) It’s time to name your SRM Installation. Ensure this has a name easily recognizable as this will be displayed in the main SRM Sites view once you are up and running. The localhost information is the FQDN of the server you are configuring SRM!

12) For the database information, input the SQL Server details (from following previous post) and the Source Name should be the pre-configured ODBC connection from the earlier steps. Enter in your SQL account also created previously, hit Next.

13) Finally you are good to install.

This process, as you can see, is really straight forward. Once you have performed the above steps 1-13 it is safe to go ahead and configure your Secondary (Recovery) site with the same steps. Each of your SRM Servers in each site will have the software installed and ready to go. I’d advise getting the SSL certificates on before Linking the sites, which will be covered in my next post!

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