We are a small shop with only 1 vCenter Server co-residing with Veeam on our LAN, and 4 physical hosts total (Prod, Prod_LAN_DR, DR and BackupServer).
We have nightly WAN replication of VMs from Prod and filecopy of our Veeam Config via vCenter from our LAN to the DR site.
If we want to be able to use Failover plans and Re-IP my understanding is that we have to either:
1. separately handle replication of vCenter into DR
2. change from referring to the VMs via vCenter and instead use ESXi hosts directly - but losing the portability of the VMs across ESXi hosts (ie. due to change of machine reference IDs - which can be mitigated by the unsupported Veeam migration vCenter migration utility) and having to start new backup chains and re-replicate
... or we live without Re-IP and power up the machines manually via ESXi web on DR and have to reconfigure the IPs
... or we virtualize vCenter and use Veeam to replicate that into DR and have to manually restore it as per https://www.veeam.com/kb1913
but have that extra recovery time
Have i understood correctly?
Is there no way to have a neater solution for failing over when vCenter is unreachable to DR ESXi host?
Regards and thanks in advance,