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SRM And PowerShell

PowerShell can be a great way to help you create the site recovery you really want. This article talks about installing PowerCLI on a SRM server installed as described here. Also, running the script automatically and adding them into your recovery plan will be discussed.

Installing PowerShell

We have a Site Recovery Server 5.1 server which is installed as described here. To install PowerCLI we first have to install PowerShell, which, on Windows Server 2008 R2 is a feature and can be installed as such:

  • Start Server Manager
  • Click Add Feature
  • Check the “Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)” checkbox and select the .NET Framework dependency
  • Click Next, Install, and Close.

Now we can install PowerCLI. We'll use PowerCLI 5.1 R2, which was released on 2013-02-11 and is released as this executable:

  • VMware-PowerCLI-5.1.0-1012425.exe Run the executable as an administrator and keep all the defaults during installation.

Also, to speed up PowerCLI go to the control panel → Internet Options → Advanced tab → Security Section → Uncheck the “Check for publisher's certificate revocation” checkbox.

Now, start PowerCLI as an administrator using the shortcuts on the desktop and issue:

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -force
Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction ignore -ProxyPolicy NoProxy -Confirm:$False
Note: For more information regarding installing, configuring and getting started with PowerShell and PowerCLI see Getting Started with PowerShell and vSphere PowerCLI.
Note: In case you also use 32 bits commands you should also do this in the PowerCLI for 32 bits.

Managing PowerCLI Scripts Authentication

Create a AD service account and grant the account the following permissions:

  • Member of Domain Users
  • Member of the local administrators group
    • Open Server Manager → Configuration → Local Users and Groups –> Groups → Add service account to Administrators group
  • Log on as a service permission
    • Open gpedit.msc → Computer Configuration → Windows Settings → Security Settings → Local Policies → User Rights Assignment → Add service account to “Log on as a service”
  • vCenter permissions
    • Grant the account administrator permissions at the vCenter of the recovery site

> Note that the vCenter permissions might be a bit too much. You could just grant permissions at the correct cluster, or use specific roles.

Then configure the SRM service to run under this account:

  • Open services.msc → VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Server → Log On → Enter the service account credentials. Restart the service to make sure the created account works and test your Site Recovery Manager setup.

Adding a PowerCLI Script to a Recovery Plan

Because adding scripts to recovery plans will be a common tasks we put some extra effort in making this look nice. Because adding a powershell script to a recovery plans uses a lot of text in the commands this means it gets quite confusing and unreadable. To prevent this we'll use a redirect command. Create a redirect.cmd in the same location where your scripts will be stored and put the following lines in it:


@echo off
C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -psc "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI\vim.psc1" "& '%1'"

Now you can add a powershell script to a recovery plan like this:

  • Select the recovery plan that should run the script and select the “Recovery Steps” tab.
  • Select the step where you want to run the script before or after and click “Add Step:
  • Now fill in the required settings
  • And click ok.

For reference, the command in the Command Step is this:

c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe /C g:\scripts\redirect.cmd g:\scripts\srmrdms.ps1

Note that without the redirect script you should use this command, and would have to load the VMware snap-ins inside the script:

C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -File g:\scripts\srmrdms.ps1


You have now added an extra step to the recovery plan to run a script, which in this case sets the RDM settings correctly.

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srmpowershell.txt · Last modified: 2013/08/16 20:17 by sjoerd