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Customer PoC onboarding guide for VMware (disaster recovery)

Hystax Acura starter pack VMware DR

Please perform the following steps in order to run disaster recovery for a PoC or, later, in production.

1. Prepare for a deployment

Create a security group allowing the following traffic:

• Hystax Acura host:

    • • Ingress – tcp/443
  • (from Acura to vCloud Director if it’s used) 
      • Ingress – tcp/4443
      • Ingress – udp/12201

• Hystax Cloud Agent (downloaded from Acura Control Panel and deployed from an OVA template on the target ESXi host or vCenter Cluster)

    • • Ingress – tcp/80
      • Ingress – tcp/3260
      • Ingress – tcp/15000
      • Egress – tcp/443 (from Cloud Agent to ESXi/vCenter)
      • Egress – tcp/udp 902 (from Cloud Agent to ESXi host)

Prepare networks in advance to be used by Hystax Acura

2. Download Hystax Acura

3. Deploy Hystax Acura

Please unzip the archive from Step 2 and upload the image to the target cloud. Create a machine from this image with the following flavor: 8 vCPUs, 16Gb RAM, and 200Gb disk.

Please find the instruction to go through the initial configuration below:

https://cdn.hystax.com/Hystax/Documentation/Hystax-Acura-Installation-Guide-VMware.pdf

4. Getting started with Hystax Acura

After you have gone through the initial configuration, you will be taken to the page where you will need to enter the login and the password for the user created during the initial configuration. After that, you will be redirected to the partner page. To start using Acura, you will need to add a new Customer as described below:

https://support.hystax.com/portal/kb/articles/how-to-create-a-new-customer-on-the-hystax-acura-cluster

Please read this document Step-by-Step Guide, describing the full flow – from machine protection to its recovery and failback in case of disaster or use the detailed description for each point below.

5. Download and install a replication agent

Please read the instructions below, download the agent for the respectful operating system and install it (external agent type).

Download and install replication agents

Or use the internal Replication Agent specific for VMware:

How to download and install VMware replication agent (HVRAgent)

6. Proceed with replication

Once a replication agent is installed, the machine can actually be protected:

Protect a machine (video instruction)

Protect new machines (product documentation)

7. Create DR plans

Choose one machine or several machines for which you need to generate a DR plan. Specify the necessary settings when creating the DR plan. You can use the instructions below:

Create a DR plan (video guide)

Create a DR plan (product documentation)

8. Running a failover

The failover is a customer business application running in a backup DC which consists of network infrastructure and components included in the business application. You can use the instructions below:

Create a failover (video guide)

Create a failover (product documentation)

9. Failback

When the main site is restored after an accident, it is necessary to fail back to it with all changes that have been accumulated on the backup site since the cloud site started and consequently redirect user traffic to it. You can use the instructions below for this:

Create a failback (video guide)

Create a failback (product documentation)

10. Supported clouds and platforms

supported cloud platforms

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