You can configure Site Recovery Manager to present messages for notification and accept acknowledgement to users. Site Recovery Manager also provides a mechanism to run commands and scripts as necessary when running a recovery plan.

You can insert pre-power-on or post-power-on messages and commands in the recovery plans. These messages and commands are not specific to Site Recovery Manager, but support pausing the execution of the recovery plan to complete other procedures, or running customer-specific commands or scripts to enable automation of recovery tasks.

Site Recovery Manager Messages

Some additional steps might be required before, during, and after running a recovery plan. For example, you might set up the environment so that a message appears when a recovery plan is initiated, and that the administrator must acknowledge the message before the recovery plan continues. Messages are specific to each IT organization.

Consider the following example messages and confirmation steps:

  • Verify that IP address changes are made on the DNS server and that the changes are propagated.

  • Verify that the Active Directory services are available.

  • After the management applications are recovered, perform application tests to verify that the applications are functioning correctly.

Additionally, confirmation steps can be inserted after every group of services that have a dependency on other services. These conformations can be used to pause the recovery plan so that appropriate verification and testing be performed before subsequent steps are taken. These services are defined as follows:

  • Infrastructure services

  • Core services

  • Database services

  • Middleware services

  • Application services

  • Web services

Details on each message are specified in the workflow definition of the individual recovery plan.