You can install Site Recovery Manager in any of the deployment models that vCenter Server supports. However, the vCenter Server deployment model that you select can have implications for Site Recovery Manager operation.

You deploy vCenter Server with a Platform Services Controller. You can either embed the Platform Services Controller with vCenter Server or it can be external to vCenter Server. Several vCenter Server instances can share the same external Platform Services Controller.

You can deploy the Platform Services Controller in several different configurations.

  • Each Platform Services Controller can have its own vCenter Single Sign-On domain.

  • Several Platform Services Controller instances can join the same vCenter Single Sign-On domain.

  • You can federate vCenter Single Sign-On domains, which federates all of the Platform Services Controller instances from each of the federated domains.

For information about the deployment models that vCenter Server supports, see vCenter Server Deployment Models in vSphere Installation and Setup.

You must take the deployment model of vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller into consideration when you install Site Recovery Manager. During a disaster recovery, Site Recovery Manager, vCenter Server, and the associated Platform Services Controller must be up and running on the recovery site.

Configuring the Platform Services Controller and Selecting the Correct vCenter Server Instance in a Federated Environment

Important:

Take care when you configure the Platform Services Controller and select the vCenter Server instance with which to register Site Recovery Manager.

When you install Site Recovery Manager Server, you provide the address of the Platform Services Controller that is associated with the vCenter Server instance to protect. You then select the vCenter Server instance with which to register Site Recovery Manager from the list of all of the vCenter Server instances that this Platform Services Controller serves. In a federated environment, that list might include vCenter Server instances from other sites. If you configure the wrong Platform Services Controller or select the wrong vCenter Server instance and complete the Site Recovery Manager installation, you cannot subsequently modify the Site Recovery Manager installation to select the correct Platform Services Controller or vCenter Server instances. In this case, you must uninstall and reinstall Site Recovery Manager to configure the correct Platform Services Controller or select the correct vCenter Server instance.

  • When you install Site Recovery Manager Server on the protected site, make sure that you configure the correct Platform Services Controller and select the vCenter Server instance that manages the virtual machines to protect.

  • When you install Site Recovery Manager Server on the recovery site, make sure that you configure the correct Platform Services Controller and select the vCenter Server instance to which to recover virtual machines.

  • Ensure that the Platform Services Controller, vCenter Server, and Site Recovery Manager Server are all located on the protected site, or all on the recovery site.

Sharing Platform Services Controller Instances Across Site Recovery Manager Sites

A single point of failure is created if you share a Platform Services Controller instance between the protected and recovery sites. If the shared Platform Services Controller goes offline, neither the protected site nor the recovery site will function, making recovery impossible.

Concurrent Installations of Site Recovery Manager in a Federated Environment

In an environment with federated vCenter Single Sign-On domains, do not install Site Recovery Manager under more than one Platform Services Controller at the same time. A conflict can arise in the creation of the solution user that Platform Services Controller creates at the domain level for Site Recovery Manager authentication with vCenter Server if the following conditions exist:

  • If the installation of one Site Recovery Manager Server instance overlaps with the installation of another Site Recovery Manager Server instance under two different Platform Services Controller instances.

  • Those Platform Services Controller instances are federated.

The conflict does not prevent installation, but it does cause one of the Site Recovery Manager Server instances to fail to start, with the error message Failed to start service. The message Failed to start Authorization Manager appears in the event log for that Site Recovery Manager Server instance.