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Licensing VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (1019614)

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Purpose

This article provides information about licensing VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 4.x and later.

Resolution

Required licenses

If SRM is configured only to fail over virtual machines from the protected site to the disaster site, you require SRM licenses only for the hosts at the protected site that are running the protected virtual machines.
 
If SRM is configured to fail over a set of virtual machines from a protected site to a disaster site and is also configured to fail over a different set of virtual machines from the disaster site to the protected site, you require SRM licenses for the protected hosts at both sites.

Note: Ensure that you have properly installed the software for SRM as well as the necessary plug-in.

Licensing SRM with vCenter Server 4.0 Update 1 and Later

Note: The scenarios in this article assume that you have 6 ESX hosts (with 1 processor each) in the protected site and 4 ESX hosts (with 1 processor each) in the disaster site. Each site needs vCenter Server installed.

Scenario 1: Single direction fail over

Note: In this scenario, you require 2 vCenter Server licenses, 10 CPU vSphere ESX licenses, and 6 CPU/30 virtual machines SRM licenses.
  1. On the protected site, log in to vCenter Server using vSphere Client.
  2. Click Home > Licensing > Manage vSphere Licenses.
  3. Enter the license key for SRM.
  4. Click Add License Key > Next .
  5. Click the Solutions Tab.
  6. Choose a license for the selected asset.
  7. Click Next > Finish.
  8. Repeat this procedure on the Disaster Site.
  9. Click Home > Licensing and highlight View by product. Click + symbol next to next to vCenter Site Recovery Manager. This shows that the cluster that is protected.
  10. Verify that the Assigned section shows a count of 6 CPUs/30 virtual machines. If the assigned count is 0, right-click on the cluster icon, click Change license key, and highlight the SRM key that you entered in vCenter Server.
  11. Perform a test fail over to verify that the fail over is successful.
Scenario 2: Bi-directional fail over
 
Note: In this scenario, you require 2 vCenter Server licenses, 10 CPU vSphere ESX licenses, and 10 CPU/50 virtual machines SRM licenses.
  1. On the protected site, log in to vCenter Server using vSphere Client.
  2. Click Home > Licensing > Manage vSphere Licenses.
  3. Enter the license key for SRM.
  4. Click Add License Key > Next.
  5. Click the Solutions tab.
  6. Choose a license for the selected asset.
  7. Click Next > Finish.
  8. On the disaster site, log in to vCenter Server using vSphere Client.
  9. Click Home > Licensing > Manage vSphere Licenses.
  10. Enter the license key for vSphere Site Recovery Manager 4.x (4 CPUs/20 virtual machines in this scenario).
  11. Click Next > Finish.
  12. Click Home > Licensing and highlight View by product. Click the + symbol next to vCenter Site Recovery Manager. This shows that the cluster that is protected.
  13. Verify that the Assigned section shows a count of 6 CPUs/30 virtual machines for the protected site and 4 CPUs for the disaster site. If the assigned count is 0, right-click on the cluster icon, click Change license key, and highlight the SRM key that you entered in vCenter Server.
  14. Perform a test fail over to verify that the fail over is successful.

Licensing Site Recovery Manager with vCenter Server 4.0

To license SRM if you are using vCenter Server 4.0:
 
Note: If you have protected virtual machines on the protected site and disaster site, you must install the new licenses for SRM on both sites.
  1. On the protected site and disaster site, log in to vCenter Server using vSphere Client.
  2. Click Home > SRM (which is visible only if you have installed the plug-in).
  3. Right-click Site Recovery Manager and click Advanced Settings.
  4. Enter the license key for SRM.
  5. Repeat this procedure on the Disaster Site.

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Update History

11/29/2011 - Added information on required licenses

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