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VDI - Failover (VMware Horizon View)

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I have a VMware Horizon View VDI environment. I have a primary site and a disaster recovery site. There is SAN replication between the sites. However, the VDI infrastructure isn't entirely being replicated. I'm using linked clones.

How would you failover the VMware Horizon VDI environment between the offices? What product would you use?
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My VDI environment, like many others, is made up of 3 virtual servers and dozens of linked clone desktops. Isn't there a less costly solution, considering I have 3 virtual servers and dozens of linked clones?
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There are less costly versions, do it with scripts yourself, but it will not be automatic.

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How about something called VMware Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture ?

I'm a small environment. I don't think I'd go with the scripts.
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Yes, you could use POD, but how many VDIs are we talking about ?

less than 50 or 25 ?

Because that small, all DR solutions will be costly.

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I have 70 VDI desktops.
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I would look at the costs, of POD versus SRM, for 70 desktops it's quite small.

If you have SAN replication already in place, you've already got all your data/VMs at Site B (DR).

Do you have stretched vLAN between the two ?

Where are your DCs, DNS and DHCP, and network access ?

Direct network access to Site B ?

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Do you have stretched vLAN between the two ? No I don't. I have separate IP ranges and networks. The are connected by a Site-to-Site VPN at 100Mb/s.

Where are your DCs, DNS and DHCP, and network access ? I have DCs and DNS at both sites, they are each in a separate site within AD Sites and Services.  DHCP services are done by unique systems in each location.
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100MB/s link is very slow, does SAN to SAN replication work for you.

Maybe you should consider a POD.