Just in case anyone is not aware, it’s possible to clone a crash consistent VM at the remote site from the data that Zerto has already copied over.
Then you have a copy of a the production VM at your remote site that is not using the same physical files as Zerto, so you can do as you like with it without any lengthy data copying, or being linked logically (other than at the storage clone level) to Zerto.
I find it useful as I can create long term labs of VMs in an isolated environment regardless of the size of the VM.
For a short term lab, using Zerto’s built in test failover is still preferable, this however provides all the benefits of Zerto whilst also being able to create the most advanced test labs.
You can also leverage Offsite Clone for this, or utilize the daily\weekly functionality of Offsite Backup.
Yes Sean noticed that was going to try it out soon 🙂
Thanks Ian. It’s always nice to have options!