You install Site Recovery Manager Server to use with a shared recovery site by running the Site Recovery Manager installer from the command line with a custom setup option.

About this task

When you run the installer from the command line with the custom setup option, the Site Recovery Manager installer presents additional screens on which you specify a unique Site Recovery Manager extension ID.

For each protected site, you must install one instance of Site Recovery Manager Server at the protected site and one instance of Site Recovery Manager Server at the recovery site. You can only pair Site Recovery Manager Server instances that have the same Site Recovery Manager extension ID. Each protected site must include its own vCenter Server instance.

Prerequisites

  • Download the Site Recovery Manager installation file to a folder on the Site Recovery Manager Server host.

  • This information presumes knowledge of the standard procedure for installing Site Recovery Manager. See Install the Site Recovery Manager Server for information about a standard Site Recovery Manager installation.

Procedure

  1. Start the Site Recovery Manager installer by typing the custom setup command in a command line terminal.

    VMware-srm-version-build_number.exe /v"CUSTOM_SETUP=1"

  2. Follow the prompts to begin the Site Recovery Manager installation.
  3. At the VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Plugin Identifier page of the installer, select Custom SRM Plugin Identifier and click Next.
  4. Provide information to identify this custom Site Recovery Manager extension and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    SRM ID

    Type a unique identifier for this pair of Site Recovery Manager Server instances. The Site Recovery Manager ID can be a string of up to 29 ASCII characters from the set of ASCII upper- lower-case characters, digits, the underscore, the period, and the hyphen. You cannot use the underscore, period, and hyphen as the first or last characters of the Site Recovery Manager ID, and they cannot appear adjacent to one another.

    Organization

    Type a string of up to 50 ASCII characters to specify the organization that created the extension.

    Description

    Type a string of up to 50 ASCII characters to provide a description of the extension.

  5. Follow the prompts to complete the remainder of the installation.
  6. Repeat the procedure on each of the sites to protect.

    Connect each Site Recovery Manager Server to its own vCenter Server instance. Assign a unique Site Recovery Manager ID to each Site Recovery Manager Server.

What to do next

For each Site Recovery Manager Server that you installed on a protected site, install a corresponding Site Recovery Manager Server instance on the shared recovery site.