Key Features and considerations
vs VMware Site Recovery
VMWare Site Recovery
VMC Hosts for DR
The Service Offering does not include VMC hosts.
You must separately purchase the hosts to recover VMs
VCDR price is combination of two parts
Subscription and API Token
Currently, protected sites do not support stretched clusters
Cloud file system
If you want to deploy more than one cloud file system, contact VMware Support for assistance.
Protection groups allow you to schedule recurring VM snapshots.
A protection group cannot contain VMs from two different vCenters.
A VM can be part of multiple protection groups.
Mixed snapshot types in a protection group: A protection group can only be configured for one snapshot type: standard-frequency, high-frequency, or quiesced.
VMs with mixed snapshot types: If a VM is part of two or more protection groups with mixed types standard-frequency and high-frequency , all snapshots will be captured as high-frequency
Multiple schedules: A protection group can have a maximum of 10 schedules, each schedule with its own frequency and retention level
Other backup software: Protection group snapshots can exhibit errors if other VM backup software runs at the same time as VCDR snapshot schedule.
Recommendation: Multiple schedules; one for desired rpo, one for ransomware
Allows you to recover all VMs in the protection groups or specific individual VMs
IP Address Mapping:
Actions that can be executed on DR plan:
On executing a recovery plan,it registers the VMs in vCenter , customizes and powers on the VMs.
The Script VM allows you to add custom scripts to run on a dedicated VM during plan execution as a recovery step
Activate / deactivate
A plan is automatically deactivated upon committing a successful failover or failback.
You can explicitly re-activate a previously deactivated DR Plan by clicking Activate plan.
Recover Guest Files
For each snapshot in VMware Cloud DR, you can download the guest files of individual VMs as a ZIP package to your local system.
Supported file systems for recovering guest files:
VCDR uses SSL connection to securely transfer data from protected sites to Recovery SDDCs
2 Tier Design:
Log Structured File System (LFS) Techniques:
SCFS checks the data integrity of each backup copy every single day.
In steady-state “backup-mode”, SCFS uses very little EC2 caching resources to keep the costs low and only launches more resources in the rare “recovery-mode” situations
Restore Specific Files
The DRaaS Connector is a stateless software appliance that enables replicating VM snapshots to backup sites.
Each connector provides additional replication bandwidth for the site.
If the protected site is SDDC, you must deploy a DRaaS Connector on each cluster.
VCDR does not support an internet proxy server between the DRaaS Connector and the cloud
Number of connectors
Recommended one connector per 250 VMs (protected and unprotected)
Minimum 2 connectors per-protected site.
Maximum 4 connectors per-protected site, even if there are more than 1000 VMs.
Frequently asked questions
- Whether protection and replication continues during the test of a recovery plan? The answer is yes.
VCDR Network Connectivity Ports
Step by Step Instructions
Request VCDR Service
Roles required for VCDR
– Organization Owner from the Organization Role
– VMware Cloud on AWS from Service Roles
Configure API Token
Deploy Cloud file system
Setup protected site
Add Recovery SDDC
Create Protection group
Create DR Plan