Friday, February 24, 2012

Storage Replication Intro - Part 1


Virtualization and disaster recovery have become more and more important part of the organization as an insurance to ensure business continuation. However there is a lot of method in technology to recover business from disaster recovery which are cause by natural or human-induced disaster. 

To be in detail disaster recovery is a subset of business continuity which involve more toward on planning to ensure every aspect of a business functioning in the midst of disruption events.Disaster recovery will be just focusing on the technology that can support the business in the event of disruption.

In the article, I will cover more toward on storage replication as there are lots more data are stored into it. Those data can be vhd which are used by hyper-v, mssql , file server and etc. In this sample of testing, I will be testing toward Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 which are running HyperV on top of it. I will explain more on the detail on part 2 regard on the software it self.

You need to install the software on both end, which mean that if you are running the 1 server at production and another server at remote side. You will need to install the software at both location.

You can download the software at the steeleye website. You will need to fill up a requirement form before you can download the software

Once you have download the software, double click on the installation files and click next.
01 steeleye datakeeper welcome screen

On the license agreement screen, click next to proceed.
02 steeleye datakeeper license agreement

On the features selection, keep the default option and click next.
03 steeleye datakeeper select features

Depending on which volume that have a bigger capacity you can choose to install into which location.However if you want to keep the default, you can click on the next button.
04 steeleye datakeeper select destionation

This are of the the system configuration I like most, where by it help you to configure your firewall to make sure that those port are open on your windows hosts.I will recommend you to use the default setting and click the yes option.
05 steeleye datakeeper firewall configuration

On this screen, you will need to upload the license files into the software before the software can properly run.
06 steeleye datakeeper Install license files

Browse on where the license files are store and select the install license files option.
07 steeleye datakeeper select license file

Once you have install the license files, you will see a prompt on the summary of the license files that you have installed. Click ok button to proceed.
08 steeleye datakeeper license install report

Press exit to finish the installation.
09 steeleye datakeeper exit

Reboot the host.
10 steeleye datakeeper reboot

This is how the steeleye console look like. You can use the MMC later to configure the replication.
10 steeleye datakeeper console
Stay tune with my next articles which I will going to deep dive into the detail of the software. Let us know what you though , learns and hope for next articles!. Connect with us on GOOGLE+ , TWITTER and FACEBOOK.


  1. hi
    very good article and well explain everything
    i have a small question
    QUE:what is vhd?
    and it will be more helpfull if you expalin more about working featue of steeley console .
    Abhishek choudhary

  2. Hi Abshishek, thanks for your comment. You might want to check out the following