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Best way to restore a vm from a DR site

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We are running ESXi 6 and we have a vm at the main site that is not responding well. So we powered it off and powered on the one at the DR site which gets replicated there each night. The one at the dr site is working just fine..
So my questions is, what or how do I get the vm from the dr site to my production site?
Easiest and best way to perform this?
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by:Richardson Porto
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Which kind of replication you're using ? Array Based Replication or vSphere Replication or other 3rd party replication tool ? And how did you restored the virtual machine at DR site ?
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by:vmich
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We use Veeam and all of the production vms get replicated there each night. So I just turned off the affected vm at the production site and then powered on the one at the DR site. We also have a veeam backup of the vm also.
So was not sure which is the fastest and easiest way to restore the vm to the production site, meaning from the veeam back or the veeam replication?
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Replicate the VM back from DR ---> Production, and then plan a cutover.
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by:Richardson Porto
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Did you powered on the virtual machine at DR site directly outside of Veaam console ? If yes, take a look at how to perform a failback (reverse replication): How to perform a manual failback (Reverse Replication)
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by:vmich
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So I guess I don't know the step here because I have the vm powered on now at the dr site and want to get it back powered on in my production site...
So what would I do next?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 250 total points
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Create a new job to replicate DR - Production now you've powered it on, because this Replica, will be more up to date than your backup.

if you had used Veeam, you could have Failed Over and Failed Back!

see here

https://www.veeam.com/blog/replicating-vmware-vms-with-veeam-everything-you-need-to-know-about-replica-failover.html
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by:vmich
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created a new replication job as per the doc
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