A Virtual Protected Group, or VPG, is a group of servers protected by Zerto through replication. Once they are replicated, Disaster Recovery onto Green Cloud’s IaaS platform is available.
1. Create a new VPG
Select the VPGs tab, then “New VPG” in the upper right-hand corner:
2. Select VMs
Enter a VPG name and select Next, then select a VM or group of VMs from the list. This list should include all VMs which can be contacted by the VRA. If a VM does not appear in this list, verify that the VRA deployed to that VM’s host is on the same network. Click the arrow to add the selected VMs to the VPG. Define the boot order at this step if multiple dependent VMs are contained in this VPG.
3. Configure Replication and Recovery
At the next screen select the Recovery site. This should be the site defined in the Pair to GreenCloud’s site step during installation. Then select the ZORG, which should be the Org ID provided by GreenCloud. The Recovery Org VDC field will appear, and the dropdown should contain only one option. Leave Service Profile as the default. Advanced VM settings can also be configured from this menu, such as Journal Size and Journal Warning Threshold. For more information on these options please contact GreenCloud Support.
At the next screen, ensure that the storage options match the source VM’s provisioned storage options.
The Recovery screen configures Guest Customization, networking, and configuration scripts for the replicated image upon restoration. Generally Guest Customization should be off – please see the vCloud Reference Guide for more information regarding Guest Customization. The Failover/Move network and Failover Test network should both be the internal network configured during setup. Configuration scripts can also be configured at this screen.
The next screen allows configuration of the restored server’s NIC. This includes vCloud MAC and IP address. Please note that VMware Tools must be running on the target server in order for these settings to function properly, otherwise the restored VM will automatically receive an IP from the Failover Network.
4. VPG Complete
After this point select “Done”. The VPG will be created and replication will begin immediately. Once synchronization is complete, the VM is ready for failover. At this point the VPG will report its status as “Protected”. Replication status for each VM is available in the ZVM page. See VPG Statuses for more information on the status messages on this screen.