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BizTalk Server 2013 R2: Disaster Recovery with VMware Site Recovery Manager RRS feed

  • Question

  • Does anyone have experience setting up a DR site for BTS 2013 R2 using VMware SRM?

    We are planning out our DR site and looking to save on licensing costs for 2 BTS App Servers and 2 SQL Servers.

    Has anyone used site recovery manager in BizTalk production or disaster recovery environment before?

    Regards,

    Blertin

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:08 AM

Answers

  • Hi Blertin

    With regards to saving on licensing cost's I would point out below reply from John in this thread-

    If you have Software Assurance on you BizTalk Licenses, you can keep a dark BizTalk Group ready at the backup site which can be activated, turned on, in a DR scenario.

    You would have to keep it in sync app and config wise with your primary site.  Meaning, when you rev the apps on PROD, you also have to rev them in DR.

    Also, you may find this thread helpful-

    If you are using BizTalk log-shipping as your BizTalk Server Databases DR strategy, you should be fine. Note that this is the only supported DR strategy for your BizTalk SQL databases.

    For the application servers, there are no restrictions from Microsoft on the DR strategy. So, VMWare SRM if configured fine should work as well. Note that with DR, you have to test sufficiently, that the whole setup works fine. Do a few DR runs to make sure that you don't have any issues. Note that you have to restore the ENTSSO master secret key from Prod Master Secret Server on the DR Master Secret Server as part of building the DR site as documented here.

    There are few things to keep in mind while creating a BizTalk DR plan. Refer below links-

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa561878.aspx

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa562140.aspx

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa577989.aspx



    Thanks Arindam

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:19 AM
    Moderator