I have to admit I was a little surprised when I found out from EMC that SRM does not support Recoverpoint Point in Time fail over.
Funny how VMware couldn’t tell me this? They just passed the buck to EMC… typical!
What’s the point of purchasing a product like EMC Recoverpoint if you cannot use it to its full potential? Well, that’s not entirely true, you can, you just have to do it outside of SRM!
Maybe SRM 5 has spoilt me a little. It does what it is supposed to do extremely well, but I just assumed the SRM RecoverPoint SRA would integrate with RecoverPoint’s image access and allow you to pick a previous point in time if required during a failover.
Alas, this is not the case. You cannot pick a point in time with SRM, it always uses the latest image only.
This is a feature request for SRM, VMware employees if you are reading this: When I perform a Test Failover I would like the ability to pick a previous point in time if required, before the failover commences.
What if you have to performed a Disaster Recovery failover and your latest image is corrupt. How do you then roll back to a previous journal entry in your Recovery Site?
These are some of the scenarios I don’t quite fully understand and I’m going to do some testing to see if I can combine some SRM and RP steps to at least partially automate the process – the thought of using RP natively, enabling image access, mounting LUNS in the recovery site, rescanning hosts, registering VMs in vCenter, etc has really put me off using RecoverPoint’s point in time features.
More on this to follow.