Manually configuring IP settings for many virtual machines at a recovery site can be time consuming and can lead to errors in configuration. To facilitate the configuration process for multiple virtual machines, Site Recovery Manager includes the DR IP Customizer tool.

You use the DR IP Customizer tool to apply customized networking settings to virtual machines when they start on the recovery site. You provide the customized settings to the DR IP Customizer tool in a comma-separated value (CSV) file.

Rather than manually creating a CSV file, you can use the DR IP Customizer tool to export a CSV file that contains information about the networking configurations of the protected virtual machines. You can use this file as a template for the CSV file to apply on the recovery site by customizing the values in the file.

  1. Run DR IP Customizer to generate a CSV file that contains the networking information for the protected virtual machines.

  2. Modify the generated CSV file with networking information that is relevant to the recovery site.

  3. Run DR IP Customizer again to apply the CSV with the modified networking configurations to apply when the virtual machines start up on the recovery site.

You can run the DR IP Customizer tool on either the protected site or on the recovery site. Virtual machine IDs for protected virtual machines are different at each site, so whichever site you use when you run the DR IP Customizer tool to generate the CSV file, you must use the same site when you run DR IP Customizer again to apply the settings.

You can customize the IP settings for the protected and the recovery sites so that Site Recovery Manager uses the correct configurations during reprotect operations.

See the Compatibility Matrix for vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5 for the list of guest operating systems for which Site Recovery Manager supports IP customization.