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  • Zerto for Microsoft Hyper-V Part 2: Installation Requirements

    By Zerto, on 7 January, 2015

    By Joshua Stenhouse, Zerto Technical Marketing Manager    

    After discussing features, requirements & cross-hypervisor replication in part 1 of our discussion on Zerto from Microsoft Hyper-V, in this second blog post I will cover the installation requirements for Zerto.

    Just as Zerto utilizes VMware vCenter for task orchestration and automation in a VMware vSphere environment, it utilizes Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) in a Microsoft Hyper-V environment. In the below diagram are the pre-install requirements for Zerto in Microsoft Hyper-V:


    The management Windows VM is where you install the Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) service to manage disaster recovery. One ZVM is required per SCVMM or vCenter server and any number of ZVMs can be linked together for replication, recovery and management.

    It is recommended to have 1 SCVMM server or vCenter (if replicating to/from VMware vSphere) per datacenter for disaster recovery. If the SCVMM or vCenter server is unavailable then the ZVM is unable to perform recovery operations, so both management servers should be protected by high availability in a VM.

    Following is the architecture for installing Zerto in a Microsoft Hyper-V environment:


    To summarize the process in the correct order:

    • Install the ZVM service onto the dedicated management VMs provisioned for each SCVMM server, linking it into the SCVMM server for that site with a dedicated service account.
    • Pair the ZVMs together so management traffic is replicated to allow selection of a target and source for replication and recovery.
    • From the ZVM interface deploy the VRAs onto the Hyper-V hosts, specifying a static IP address for each VRA. The IP address must be able to route to the IP addresses of the target site VRAs. No downtime is required for deploying VRAs and there is no impact to running VMs.
    • VMs can now be placed into Virtual Protection Groups for SLA based protection and application centric recovery.

    In order to continue replicating and protecting VMs while performing live migrations, each Hyper-V host in a failover cluster than you’re replicating from and to should have VRA deployed.

    In my next blog post I will cover creating Virtual Protection Groups to allow the replication and recovery of VMs.



  • IT Resolutions for 2015

    By Zerto, on 30 December, 2014

    It is that time of year again, we look forward to the new year and hope to improve on the things that did not go as well as we would have liked in 2014. We want to take this chance to take a look forward with you and decide on some important IT resolutions you …

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  • I Am Not a Booth Babe – Ask me a Question!

    By Zerto, on 22 December, 2014

    After being mistaken for a “booth babe” (and surprising a prospect by actually talking tech) Jennifer Gill, Director of Global Product Marketing at Zerto, came up with a plan. This year at VMworld she suggested creating buttons for the women of Zerto to wear at the event that said, “I am not a booth babe. …

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  • The Holiday Disaster Relief Kit

    By Zerto, on 16 December, 2014

    With the Holiday season upon us, we wanted to provide you all with a special guide to get you through whatever might get thrown your way this year. So relax and enjoy the Zerto Holiday Disaster Relief Kit! 1. http://www.popsugar.com/tech/3D-Printed-Headphones-36199273#photo-36199273 2.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/fashion/rsvp-ps-no-gluten-fat-or-soy-please.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 3.http://www.foodmanufacturing.com/news/2014/06/majority-us-households-have-someone-diet-restrictions 4.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2850083/Christmas-Day-flights-suffer-delays-cancellations.html 5.http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/21-travel-accessories-that-will-make-your-life-so-much-easie 6.http://shortstopchemdry.com/best-way-remove-carpet-spots-stains/  

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  • 12 Days of Zerto Giving

    By Zerto, on 14 December, 2014

    With the holiday season upon us, the Zerto team wanted to take a step back and see what we could do for our greater communities. We now have offices around the world and as everyone was getting into the holiday spirit we wanted to share with you what our team is doing when we are …

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  • Zerto for Microsoft Hyper-V Part 1: Features, Requirements & Cross-Hypervisor Replication

    By Zerto, on 4 December, 2014

    By Joshua Stenhouse, Zerto Technical Marketing Manager     As part of the Zerto 4.0 release we have announced support for the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. This is the first blog post in a series where I will cover supported features and topologies, requirements and installation, replicating and protecting VMs then finally cross-hypervisor replication and recovery. All of …

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