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Armor, along with Zerto, provides a fully managed continuous data replication (disaster recovery) serviceadd-on product.

At a high-level, this service replicates your resources in a failover site to help you:

  • Troubleshoot during an outage in your primary data center
  • Meet compliance requirements

This service add-on product replicates the following resources from your production environment into the a failover site: 

Resource typeSpecific components
Security
  • Malware protection
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Patching
  • Log Management
Infrastructure
  • Workloads
  • Virtual machines
  • IP Addresses
  • L2L VPN
  • SSL/VPN

Typically, the failover site is the closest data center to your primary data center. Currently, Armor offers this service add-on product in the following locations: 

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  • You can only access your failover virtual machine via the VMwareTRAY SSL VPN-Plus Client.  While upgraded users could The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client from Gen 3 will not work with a failover virtual machine in Gen 4.
    • Upgraded users can still use the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client to access
    the
    • transferred virtual machines in
    AMP
    • Gen 4; however
    to access
    • failover virtual machines
    , you must use VMware
    • can only be accessed via the VMwareTray SSL-VPN-Plus Client. As a result, for easier compatibility, Armor recommends that upgraded users only use VMware to access all virtual machines in Gen 4. 
    • To learn how to download and install this client, see SSL/VPN.

  • During an unexpected data center outage, Armor does not automatically perform a failover for your environment. You must submit a support ticket to Armor to request a live failover.
  • After a failover is complete, any change you make in your failover environment will not be replicated in your primary environment.   

  • Based on the size of your environment, first-time provisioning for this add-on product can may take up to two days to complete. 

  • Based on the size of your environment, a failover may take up to 4 four hours to complete and to be accessed in AMP. 

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Order Continuous Server Replication (Disaster Recovery)
Order Continuous Server Replication (Disaster Recovery)

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  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), on the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure
  2. Click Virtual Machines
  3. Locate and select the desired virtual machine.
  4. Next to the virtual machine name, click the gear icon. 
  5. Select Add Continuous Replication.
  6. In the drop-down menu, confirm the desired virtual machine. 
  7. Review the information, including pricing information, and then select Submit
    • For first-time users, it may take up to two business days for this add-on product to be fully provisioned in your account. After this first-time provisioning process, provisioning for additional provisioning virtual machines will only take 30 minutes to complete. 
  8. To confirm that this service was activated:
    1. Return to the Virtual Machine Details screen for the desired virtual machine. 
    2. Click the Continuous Server Replication tab.
    3. Review the status for Server Replication. The status will change from Provisioning to Enabled. 
  9. (Optional) Armor recommends that after your add-on product has been fully provisioned, you should request a test failover, simply to verify the service. 



ColumnDescription
Server Replication

The order status for this add-on product:

  • Provisioning
  • Enabled
Protected SiteYour primary data center location
Recovery SiteYour failover data center location
Status

The replication / syncing status of this add-on product

  • Initializing
  • MeetingSLA
Current RPO (Recovery point objective)The time of the last sync of your primary environment to the failover environment



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Request and view a test failover 

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The order status for this add-on product:

  • Provisioning
  • Enabled

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The replication / syncing status of this add-on product

  • Initializing
  • MeetingSLA

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Live failover virtual machineTest failover virtual machine
Malware Protection screenVisible, along with the original virtual machineNot visible

FIM screen

Visible, along with the original virtual machineNot visible
Patching screenVisible, along with the original virtual machineNot visible
Log Management screenVisible, along with the original virtual machineVisible, along with the original virtual machine
Virtual Machines screen

Visible, without the original virtual machine

Note

During a live failover, the original virtual machine is removed from AMP. As a result, the live failover virtual machine will contain the same name as the original virtual machine, along with a yellow icon.


Visible, along with the original virtual machine

Note

During a test failover, the original virtual machine will be visible in AMP, along with the test failover virtual machine. As a result, the name of the test failover virtual machine will be the name of the original virtual machine, with - Test added.

 


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How do I access a failover virtual machine? 

Similar to accessing a primary virtual machine, you must download and install an the SSL/VPN client that corresponds to the failover site for Gen 4. 

Note

To access a failover virtual machine, you cannot use the Gen 3 (my.armor.com) SSL/VPN client. You can only use the Gen 4 (amp.armor.com) SSL/VPN client.

To learn how to download and install an SSL/VPN client in Gen 4, see SSL/VPN.

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