You can now protect VMs and manage the protection status directly from the VMware Cloud Console, if you have the VMware Cloud DR subscription. For advanced configurations, you can use the VMware Cloud DR dashboard.

Prerequisites

Requirement Activate Protection Protect VM
Ensure that the Active Directory (AD) that contains the vCenter Server roles and privileges is federated with VMware Cloud Services. See the Setting Up Enterprise Federation with VMware Cloud Services guide. Not applicable Yes
Ensure that you have the necessary permissions on the vCenter Server to create and manage VMs. See Required Privileges for Common Tasks. Not applicable Yes
Ensure that you have permissions on the vCenter Server to view all the VMs, including the VMs for which you might have the No Access role. See vCenter Server System Roles. Yes Yes
Ensure that you have access to VMware Cloud DR. If you do not have access to VMware Cloud DR, then Request Access. Verify whether you have one of these roles in VMware Cloud DR.
  • Orchestrator Administrator
  • DR Administrator
  • Protection Administrator
For more information, see VMware Cloud DR Service Roles.
Yes Yes

Activate Protection

If VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery is added to your Organization, you can activate protection for your virtual machines. You can activate protection by registering your vCenter Server.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the VMC Console at https://vmc.vmware.com.
  2. On the left navigation panel, select Inventory.
    The Protection Status appears for each vCenter Server.
  3. To activate protection for your vCenter Server, click Activate Protection.
    You will be directed to VMware Cloud DR to register the vCenter Server.
  4. Register the vCenter Server.

What to do next

You can protect your VMs using VMware Cloud DR.

Protect Virtual Machines

VMware Cloud DR enables you to protect your VMs.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the VMC Console at https://vmc.vmware.com.
  2. Click Virtual Machines > Protection.
  3. Select the VM and click Protect VM.
    Note: You can select multiple VMs from one vCenter Server at a time.
    The Protect VM dialog box appears. It displays a list of vCenter tags that are associated with VMware Cloud DR protection groups.
  4. In the Protect VM dialog box, choose the protection tag and its associated protection groups.
    If you do not see any tag-based protection groups or if the existing protection groups are not suitable for your use, you can define a protection group in VMware Cloud DR. To learn more about protection groups, see Configure Protection Groups.
    Note: The vSphere Cluster Services (vCLS) agent or system VMs and Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) Connector are not protected by VMware Cloud DR. vSphere+ assigns tag to these VMs but they will not be protected by VMware Cloud DR.
  5. (Optional) Click Go To VMware Cloud DR to define a protection group in VMware Cloud DR.
  6. Click Assign Protection Tag to protect your VMs.

Results

Your VM is protected.