How do I restore replicated Hyper-V cluster volumes to a disaster recovery site that has a single Hyper-V server?

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have two SAN's. They are on seperate sites (live and DR site). The production site has a 2-node Windows 2008R2 Hyper-V failover cluster attached to it. The DR site has a single Windows 2008R2 server running Hyper-V.

The volumes are replicated one way to the DR site. In the event of failure we want attach to the latest snapshot of the replicated volumes and bring the virtual machines back online using the DR Hyper-V server.

However, without a clean export to import from, I cannot see the VM’s in the DR server's Hyper-V manager.
Question by:hbpizza
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    How automated are you looking for? What I do is create new VMs and then attach the VHD files that were replicated over. I expect for things to take maybe 20 minutes per VM to manually recreate, depending on the complexity of the VM. The VM will see the NICs as different, so they will default to DHCP. Anything statically assigned would need to be reconfigured.

    You can also look at Essetials for Hyper-V from Citrix which can automate some of the work, depending on your storage platform.

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    Creating new VM's is my fallback position, but I was hoping to be able to open the existing configs from Hyper-V manager on the DR server. My goal is to make this as automated as possible so anyone in our department could bring the VM's back online quickly, even without any real Hyper-V knowledge.
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    Have you looked at what Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V can do? Is it compatable with your storage?

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