Product : Citrix, Citrix Hypervisor/8, Premium
Feature : Replication / Site Failover, HA/DR, VM Mobility and HA
Content Owner:  Roman Macek
Integrated Disaster Recovery
Citrix Hypervisor DR works by storing all the information needed to recover your business-critical VMs and vApps on storage repositories (SRs) that are then replicated from your primary (production) environment to a backup environment. When a protected pool at your primary site goes down, the VMs and vApps in that pool can be recovered from the replicated storage and recreated on a secondary (DR) site, with minimal application or user downtime.

Note: Citrix Hypervisor DR can only be used with LVM over HBA or LVM over iSCSI storage types.

Citrix Hypervisor VMs consists of two components:

- Virtual disks that are being used by the VM, stored on configured storage repositories (SRs) in the pool where the VMs are located.
- Metadata describing the VM environment. This is all the information needed to recreate the VM if the original VM is unavailable or corrupted. Most metadata configuration data is written when the VM is created and is updated only when you make changes to the VM configuration. For VMs in a pool, a copy of this metadata is stored on every server in the pool.

In a DR environment, VMs are recreated on a secondary (DR) site from the pool metadata - configuration information about all the VMs and vApps in the pool. The metadata for each VM includes its name, description and Universal Unique Identifier (UUID), and its memory, virtual CPU and networking and storage configuration. It also includes the VM’s startup options - start order, delay interval and HA restart priority - which are used when restarting the VM in an HA or DR environment. More info: