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 Managing Permissions in a Shared Recovery Site Configuration in 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 Site Recovery Manager Administration.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Web Client, click Site Recovery > Sites, and select a site.
  2. In the Manage tab, use the Network Mappings, Folder Mappings, Resource Mappings, Storage Policy 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.

  3. (Optional) : If you use vSphere Replication, select the appropriate target datastores for the replica virtual machines when you configure replication.

    Avoid using the same datastore as the target for vSphere Replication as you use as the placeholder datastore for Site Recovery Manager.

    Option

    Action

    Share customer resources

    Select a common target datastore on the shared recovery site. You can create individual folders in the target datastore for each customer on the recovery site.

    Isolate customer resources

    Select a different datastore for each customer on the shared recovery site.