Working with Orchestration Plans
Orchestrator uses the failover and data recovery functionality provided by Veeam Backup & Replication to automate recovery actions taken in case of software or hardware malfunction. In addition, Orchestrator supports recovery orchestration based on replicated storage snapshots created on storage systems. For these purposes, Orchestrator offers 4 types of orchestration plans:
- Replica plans — consist of VMs that should be failed over to replicas.
- CDP replica plans — consist of VMs that should be failed over to continuous data protection (CDP) replicas.
- Restore plans — consist of VMs that should be recovered from backup files to the original or another location.
- Storage plans — consist of VMs that should be failed over to destination (NetApp) or secondary (HPE) storage volumes.
Orchestration plans are based on VM groups created using categorization data from Veeam ONE Client, a component of the embedded Veeam ONE server installed on the Orchestrator server. VM groups are sets of source VMs managed by Veeam ONE Client and orchestrated by Orchestrator. By default, Veeam ONE Client categorizes VMs into VM groups based on both vCenter Server tags and custom Veeam ONE categories. For more information on categorizing VMs to be used in orchestration plans, see Managing VM Groups.
To see the full list of all VM groups discovered by Orchestrator, navigate to Inventory. You can select any VM group and click Create Plan to create an orchestration plan that will have the selected group already included in the list of groups to recover.
Orchestration plans can be scheduled and chained to execute in sequence, and Orchestrator will automatically produce and update detailed documentation. Execution of orchestration plans is simplified to allow simultaneous management of multiple plans that contain hundreds of VMs.