When you configure placeholders and mappings in a shared recovery site configuration, the customers of the shared recovery site can share the resources on the recovery site. Alternatively, you can assign isolated resources to each customer.

About this task

On a shared recovery site, multiple customers share a single vCenter Server instance. In some cases, multiple customers can share a single ESXi host on the recovery site. You can map the resources on the protected sites to shared resources on the shared recovery site. You might share resources on the recovery site if you do not need to keep all of the customers' virtual machines separate, for example if all of the customers belong to the same organization.

You can also create isolated resources on the shared recovery site and map the resources on the protected sites to their own dedicated resources on the shared recovery site. You might use this configuration if you must keep all of the customers' virtual machines separate from each other, for example if all of the customers belong to different organizations.

For information about how to assign permissions to allow users to access the resources on a shared recovery site, see Site Recovery Manager Administration.

Prerequisites

  • You installed Site Recovery Manager in a shared recovery site configuration.

  • You connected the protected sites with the shared recovery site.

  • Familiarize yourself with the procedure for configuring placeholders and mappings. For information about configuring placeholders and mappings in a standard configuration, see Creating Site Recovery Manager Placeholders and Mappings.

Procedure

  1. Click Sites in the Site Recovery Manager interface on the protected sites and use the Resource Mappings, Folder Mappings, Network Mappings, and Placeholder Datastores tabs to configure the mappings.

    Option

    Action

    Share customer resources

    Map the resources, networks, and datastores on the protected sites to a common datacenter, network, and placeholder datastore on the shared recovery site. You can create individual folders for each customer on the recovery site and map the folders on the protected sites to the individual folders.

    Isolate customer resources

    Map the resources, networks, folders, and datastores on the protected sites to separate datacenters, networks, folders, and placeholder datastores on the shared recovery site.

  2. (Optional) : If you use vSphere Replication, select vSphere Replication > Datastore Mappings on the protected sites to map the datastores to a datastore or datastores on the shared recovery site.

    The datastore mappings determine in which datastores on the recovery site vSphere Replication places replicated virtual machines.

    Option

    Action

    Share customer resources

    Map the datastores on the protected sites to a common datastore on the shared recovery site. You can create individual folders for each customer on the recovery site and map the folders on the protected sites to the individual folders.

    Isolate customer resources

    Map the datastores on the protected sites to separate datastores on the shared recovery site.