Veeam VDRO (v5)
What is VDRO?
"Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator (VDRO) extends the functionality of Veeam Availability Suite to orchestrate (automate) common disaster recovery (DR) processes in VMware vSphere environments, support one-click recovery for critical applications or even an entire site, and provide rich features for documentation, testing and execution."
"One-click simplicity to recover virtually any workload"
Five factors causing cyber insurance rates to increase...
Insufficient cybersecurity hygiene.
Increased impact and frequency of Ransomware.
Increase in recovery-related costs.
Lack of formal IRPs ("Incident Response Plans").
Impact on business interruptions.
Six questions to ask yourself about Disaster Recovery...
Have you documented your IT infrastructure? (Yes/No)
Do you have the knowledge required to restore your IT infrastructure? (Yes/No)
Do your colleagues have the knowledge to restore your IT infrastructure? (Yes/No)
Are you certain to be available when disaster happens (Disasters rarely strike at a convenient time)? (Yes/No)
Have you tested the restore plan based on your documentation? (Yes/No)
When was the last time you tested the recovery? (Insert date here)
Important DRP ("Disaster Recovery Plan") components...
Well defined and documented Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). What are your organizational expectations? It's important to make sure that IT recovers the highest priority applications first (see SLAs).
Complete inventory of hardware and software assets (consider using Veeam One). IT can’t afford to spend hours looking for documentation.
Identified recovery roles and responsibilities.
Defined Disaster Recovery sites and locations,
Documented response procedures. Recovery order is critical. What are the application interdependencies?
Identification of sensitive data.
Well defined and executable "Crisis Communication Plan" (Details at ready.gov).
Continuous practice tests to ensure your plan is effective (SureBackup).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Pre-planning typically requires a luxury that most organizations don’t have: A set of IT personnel dedicated to creating, validating and continuously updating the plan.
What is Veeam Recovery Orchestrator? Veeam Recovery Orchestrator is a powerful tool that helps businesses to prepare for and recover from disasters. It automates disaster recovery processes, ensuring that your critical applications and data are always available, no matter what.
Why do you need Veeam Recovery Orchestrator? Disasters can happen at any time, and they can be catastrophic for businesses that are unprepared. With Veeam Recovery Orchestrator, you can have peace of mind knowing that your data is safe and your business can recover quickly from any disaster.
How does Veeam Recovery Orchestrator work? Veeam Recovery Orchestrator automates the disaster recovery process, from planning to testing to execution. It ensures that your critical applications and data are always available and can be recovered quickly in the event of a disaster.
What are the benefits of using Veeam Recovery Orchestrator? There are many benefits to using Veeam Recovery Orchestrator, including:
Automated disaster recovery processes
Reduced downtime and faster recovery times
Improved data protection
Increased IT resiliency
Simplified disaster recovery testing and reporting
Why choose Veeam? Veeam is a leader in backup, disaster recovery, and data management solutions. Veeam Recovery Orchestrator is a reliable and proven tool that can help you protect your business and ensure continuity in the event of a disaster.
Reference material from Patrick Benson: The Checklist Manifesto
Stress-free recoveries with Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator v5 - "Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator V5 is now generally available! Ransomware is on the rise and organizations like yours need to be ready for fast recovery. Hurricanes, natural disasters, and cybercriminals don’t plan around your timeline. Taking the next steps to prepare for recovery is your best bet. If you’re looking for a stress-free way to recover your VMware virtual machines, Veeam is here to save the day!" - Upgrading Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 5
Best practices for Disaster Recovery with Veeam - Dec 3, 2021 - 1:06:41 Video
Automate your DR Plan w/ Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator - Aug 23, 2022 - 32 minute video
Key capabilities of VDRO...
Reliable Recovery. Verify that common enterprise applications are functioning.
Automated Testing. Perform zero-impact DR tests scheduled or on demand.
Dynamic Documentation (fully customizable in MS Word format, including dynamic variables).
NEW: Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator V5 / FAQs...
What is Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator? - By vMiss.net
Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator Under the Covers - By vMiss.net
Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator Deployment Tips - By vMiss.net
Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator Restore Plans - By vMiss.net
Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator Recovery Locations - By vMiss.net
"Storage orchestration plans for HPE Primera, HPE 3PAR and HPE Alletra 9000 storage systems"
"Directly orchestrate failover from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) storage systems, leveraging HPE native snapshot replication, to reduce the complexity of the recovery process."
"HPE Storage customers can now leverage the power of dynamically generated documentation, DataLabs-based testing and the flexibility of the HTML5-based plan creation wizard to simplify recovery."
"What processes do you have in place for mass recovery?"
"What is your plan if your environment is hit by a ransomware attack?"
"How often do you update your recovery plan documentation?"
"How much time does recovery documentation and testing require from your team?"
"Have you been able to validate RTO/RPO achievement in a recovery scenario?"
"Does this mean your team spends time manually creating and updating DR documentation?"
"When changes happen in production IT, what does it take to update your recovery plan today?"
"What is the impact to your business if you are unable to recover in a disaster?"
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vMiss.net videos (see above)...
"Dynamically Generated DR Plan with Audit Log - Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 4"
"Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 4 - Veeam Continuous Data Protection (CDP) DR Plan Creation"
"How to Create a Disaster Recovery Plan with Veeam Availability Orchestrator in Less Than 10 Minutes!"
"How to Run a Disaster Recovery Test with Veeam Availability Orchestrator"
......with more to be found at: Twitter and YouTube
Creates, customizes, and updates compliance and DR documentation on a recurring schedule or on demand.
Offers extensible orchestration of disaster recovery and planned migrations of any app, any data at any time meets SLAs.
Allows for planned migrations, patch testing, and application upgrades. All with a proven security and audit trail. - VDRO Roles: "Administrators", "Plan Authors", and "Plan Operators".
Use VDRO to...
Gain operational efficiency via automated testing.
Empower application delivery and deployment.
Achieve SLAs via testing against RTO and RPO targets.
Reliable and simple-to-use DR orchestration.
What does VDRO provide over VBR?
Author needs admin access to VBR
Manually update plans, per VM
No plan testing before failover
No VM verification during failover
No DR documentation
Delegated access to B&R environment.
Automated plan updates using Tags.
Automated testing before failover.
Automated verification during test / failover.
Automated DR documentation.
HOL - Dive into VDRO with a guided hands‑on lab experience. - Within 15 minutes, you will get a confirmation that your lab is ready. Once you submit your promo code you will have 3 hours to use the lab before it expires.
VDRO and HPE (Click Here)
Storage orchestration plans for HPE Primera, 3PAR and Alletra 9000 storage systems...
Directly orchestrate failover from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) storage systems, leveraging HPE native snapshot replication, to reduce the complexity of the recovery process.
HPE Storage customers can now leverage the power of dynamically generated documentation, DataLabs based testing and the flexibility of the HTML5-based plan creation wizard to simplify recovery.
What is Veeam DR pack? (Click Here)
Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator is procured in two ways:
Via DR Pack, which is a packaging option where Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator can be added on top of a new or previous purchase of either Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication to ensure business continuity for all your VMs (not just the most-critical ones)! Total number of purchased DR Pack licenses must match the total number of VMware vSphere VMs licensed in Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication.
Standalone: you can also purchase Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator as a standalone offering for only your most-critical VMs. These licenses are available in one-to-five-year annual subscriptions.
All licenses are sold via subscription on a per-VM basis in bundles of 10. Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator licenses are non-transferable to other Veeam products, and generic Veeam Universal Licenses cannot be applied to Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator. All purchases include 24x7 Production Support.
Click here for more information on VDRO...
Secure role-based access: Control secure access for app owners and operations teams.
Administrator — Can perform all configuration actions, can manage user roles, and can also act as a Plan Author and Plan Operator for any orchestration plan.
Plan Author — Can create, edit and test orchestration plans, and can also generate VAO reports and view dashboards.
Plan Operator — Can schedule, run and test orchestration plans, and can also generate VAO reports and view dashboards.
"A Readiness Check is one of the four types of reports that Orchestrator can automatically generate for you, and even e-mail to key stakeholders automatically. The Readiness Check takes a look at things like your RPO to make sure you are always in compliance, and also ensures your target disaster recovery resources are ready for failover. Readiness Checks take just a few moments to run. Besides having them automatically e-mailed, you can also view the results right in the Orchestrator web interface, or download them."
Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator V4 - By Melissa Palmer
Veeam Availability Orchestrator – v.3.0 – DR from Netapp – Storage Replica
Automation and Orchestration of Veeam & VMware - 58:51 video by Michael Cade
How to Configure Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3 - 18:05 video by vMiss - Melissa Palmer
How to Run a Disaster Recovery Test with Veeam Availability Orchestrator #DRTestTuesday - 3:29 video by vMiss - Melissa Palmer
Veeam Availability Orchestrator: Dynamic Documentation & Automatic DR Testing w/ Melissa Palmer #VAO- 45:41 video by vMiss - Melissa Palmer
Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3 - Launch and Create a Storage Orchestration Plan - 4:14 video by vMiss - Melissa Palmer
Veeam Availability Orchestrator – v.3.0 – DR from Netapp – Storage Replica - Gabriele Pelizzari
Veeam Availability Orchestrator v3 - Demo with NetApp Integrations
Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestator v.4 – How to Upgrade - Gabriele Pelizzari
Three ways NEW Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator v4 compliments Veeam CDP Replicas in V11 - veeam.com - 4 minute read