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My team setup SRM such that in the event of failure at our primary site - Site Recovery Manager would have servers at a DR site come up in their place.  The question that I have:

Is there a way to do a "dry run" to show that a SRM failover would in fact work in the event of an actual problem with the ESXi (Cisco UCS) in the main data center?  Of course there's nothing quite like failing all of production.  But wondered if there was a mechanism that could give you some confidence that the SRM was setup correctly and was ready to go.
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As part of the SRM test you can setup a bubble network - VMware's test network as part of the process which will allow you to test the VMs in a vswitch that is not routable but should allow the VMs to talk to each other if on the same vswitch.  

We normally configure VLANs for DR at the remote site that will be used in case of recovery, this allows us to keep the same IPs at the DR site.  These VLANs are not routed until a disaster occurs but does allow you to test the VMs across the ESXi hosts.
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Thanks much.
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