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Disaster Recovery on Laptop: VMware SRM with LeftHand VSA!

Nice writeup this. I would too like to test it out, if I ever get the time.


As a demo/test I wanted to build a complete SRM setup with both sites being protected. This requires two SRM installations and configurations and two replicated LUN’s. Since I am rather limited in available hardware at the moment, I needed to run every component in a virtual Machine on a single laptop.

Luckily, LeftHand Networks has a virtual SAN appliance, which actually is supported by VMware SRM. This way, I can use a supported SAN, and still use ony one laptop.

All used software (VMware ESX, vCenter, LeftHand VSA and Microsoft SQL Server Express 2005) are available for free (or as evaluation software).

Hardware and host software

I’m running all this on a Zepto Znote 6324W with a Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (Penryn, 2,5Ghz with Intel VT and Execute Disable Bit), 4GB of RAM and a 200GB 7200RPM SATA2 hard disk.

This laptop is running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64-bits), with VMware Workstation 6.5.118166.

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Thanks much for your co-operation and hope you enjoy the new site and its cool new features :-)

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