I searched around and did not see this directly answered.
I am curious about traditional backups vs. replications vs. surebackup jobs for DR testing.
Everything is vSphere. I have replication jobs running across WAN to storage on target backup repository (with a proxy in DR site). I also have ran backup jobs to target repository (as a testing of backup jobs vs. replication job times). I am able to restore VMs from both backup jobs and replication jobs.
Restoring replication copy is much faster than restoring from backup. Therefore, I would like to use replication jobs to backup to DR and then use traditional backup jobs to backup locally.
That leaves me with the question of the best way to test DR plan? When I restore from a replication job, it actually shuts down the production server, and I haven't found a way to prevent this yet. That is no big deal so far, but when we do full blown DR testing I need to recover the VMs in DR.
I do not necessarily need SureBackup / vLab to do this, since our DR site is segmented and I can always re-IP with replication jobs....
Any advice here, before I get deeper into the design?
I am currently watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXevvMMQHkA
I have experience with Veeam since about 2013, so the core concepts are somewhat there (when I first deployed years ago I read every page of the admin guides). We did not use Veeam for DR, but only for localized backups. We used storage replication for DR and then use SRM. Now, I am trying to move away from SRM and leverage Veeam....hope that makes sense!