For the final chapter of our Zerto Replication install series, we will create a Virtual Protection Group (VPG) and start replicating virtual machines. As a recap, we have already installed the ZVM, paired the protected and recovery sites, and deployed VRAs.

What is a Virtual Protection Group?

Virtual Protection Groups essentially enable virtual machines to be affinity grouped. Meaning, you can define a group of vms that need to be recovered together. For example, an application that is comprised of a web server, database server, and app server could be grouped together, so they are recovered jointly. VPGs can also be grouped into tiers based on target RPOs. Virtual machines requiring different RPO levels can be grouped so that all critical machines recover together and less critical tiers can be brought up subsequently. It is also entirely possible to include just one virtual machine in a protection group. This provides flexibility in the event a single vm needs recovered as opposed to a group of vms.

Create Zerto Virtual Protection Group

First, log into the ZVM and navigate to the VPGs tab. Select NEW VPG.

Zerto New VPG

From the Create VPG wizard, enter a VPG Name and set a Priority. The Priority level designates the bandwidth allocated for data transfer. For example, a High Priority VPG transfers data changes first. The remaining bandwidth is then allocated to Medium Priority VPGs, and last is given to Low Priority VPGs.

Zerto VPG General

Next, select the VMs to protect. If there are multiple VMs in the VPG, a boot order can be defined.

Zerto VPG VM

Next, specify recovery site information; including, the recovery host to handle replication, the recovery datastore where the VM volume resides, SLA requirements, and if Zerto will compress data before transfer to the recovery site. Advanced SLA settings allow admins to specify a different Journal datastore (where the checkpoints are held) as well as journal hard limits and warning thresholds.

Zerto VPG Replication

Designate if the recovery volumes are thin provisioned or temp data. A disk marked as Temp Data will perform an initial data sync, but not replicate any subsequent changes.

Zerto VPG Storage

Under Recovery, designate the networks used for failovers or tests. In our example, the Failover Network is the production network, whereas; the Failover Test is an isolated network.

Zerto VPG Recovery

Under NICs, you can specify recovery NIC details.

Zerto VPG NICs

The Backup tab allows admins to setup Zerto’s backup function. For this example, we are only worried about replication, so we will leave it off.

Zerto VPG Backup

Last, review the VPG summary. Select Done to kick off the VPG creation.

Zerto VPG Summary

In the VPG List, VPG creation can be monitored.

Zerto VPG Creation

Once the VPG has been created, an initial data sync will be performed and your data will begin replicating!

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