Upgrading SRM 6.x to 6.x.x, service fails with the error Details: “Failed to start service. VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager service failed to start. Check that all required Windows services are running”

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Hello People, These days I have been working more of under wild card products like Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication so you would find most of the blogs related to SRM and VR. I would like to share my recent experience with one of the customer where the upgrade from SRM 6.1.1 to 6.1.2 […]

Connecting to SRM 5.5 server fails with the error “The remote server returned an error: (503) Server Unavailable.”

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Hello People, Its been a while I have not written any articles in the recent times, Encountered a interesting issue so thought of sharing it across , We witnessed a environment where customer had SRM 5.5 installed on a windows 2008 environment. Connecting to SRM failed with a error “Lost connection to SRM Server X.X.X.X:8095 […]

After installing or upgrading the environment to vsphere replication 6.5, VR appears to be missing from the web client.

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I recently came across a lot of users complaining they are not able to see vsphere replication tab after upgrading the environment to 6.5. Unregistering and re-registering the vsphere replication from the VAMI page did not seemed to be much helpful. So I was troubleshooting this issue on one of the customer’s environment and managed […]

SRM 6.x is installed using external Database, Services fail to start: Unable to start Site Recovery Manager Service.

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After a long time I encountered an error message which seemed to be quite interesting while troubleshooting under SRM. Customer installed an external sql database, created an sql user and configured the ODBC accordingly. Generally it’s recommended to provide the sysadmin privileges during installation. Once installation is completed we went ahead and removed the sysadmin […]

Installing vSphere Replication 6.5 using OVF Tool

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Before proceeding with installing VR via OVF Tool, Lets proceed installing the OVF tool in first place. 6.5 version is currently compatible with OVF 4.2.0. You can go ahead and download the OVF Tool via below link https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=614&downloadGroup=OVFTOOL420   This tool can be installed on any machine which has required access to the vCenter and […]

Upgrading the vCenter Server from 5.5 to 6.0 fails at the pre-checks with the error message “vCenter CA certificate not verified. Stopping”

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Recently I encountered an issue on one of the customer’s environment where customer was upgrading the environment from 5.5 to 6.0 and the pre-checks fails with the below error message as displayed in the screenshot.     The error looked pretty complex but the resolution seemed to be pretty simple.  During upgrade the vCenter was […]

Upgrade sequence when you have SRM/VR registered to vCenter Server 6.0.

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It is quite often whenever users upgrade the environment they do not follow the right sequence to upgrade wild card products such as SRM, vsphere replication and they further end up breaking the current environment. In this article we will discuss on points to be considered when upgrading your vCenter server to 6.5 where you […]

Performing A Test Recovery Fails With the Error “Unexpected error ‘3051’ when communicating with ESX or guest VM” under SRM 6.1.X environment

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Today I encountered an interesting issue in one of the customers environment. Customer was trying to perform a test recovery on one of the protected group.Test recovery failed with below mentioned error on multiple VM’s. ‘Unexpected error ‘3051’ when communicating with ESX or guest VM: The authorization type used was disabled in the guest operating system”  […]

Creating placeholder datastores under SRM 6.0 environment-part  4

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In the last article we have discussed on Network Mappings.This article let us proceed further configuring placeholder datastores. Placeholder datastores are essential since all the placeholder VM’s reside under this storage at the recovery site. You can configure local storage or either shared storage. The only factor would be these place holder datastores should be […]