10. Creating the advanced job

Creating the advanced job

 

You have now created the first job with the trial license, now you can create a new job with a more advanced test. To do that, click on the job icon as shown on the following picture:

Now click on the Create Job button and select your data mover

On the first page of edit mode, we need to provide a new license by clicking on the plus sign in front of the License Key. In the right panel, enter the custom license name and paste the license key you received by mail. Click the Add button to validate the license key.

 

 

All other data needed for the job will be taken from your first job you created with the trial license. If the license key is valid, you can click the Next button to continue

In the next step, we need to configure the management and isolated network on the DR site where you installed the EDRC server. Add the EnsureDR Controller (EDRC) VM and hostname, if the validation is successful, you can move on to configuring the Domain Controller. You can choose between two possible options:

  • Put the Domain Controller inside your data mover group
  • Clone the Domain Controller

In case you configured your data mover to replicate the Domain Controller to the DR site, leave the default option and click the Next button.

 

 

In case you are not replicating the Domain Controller inside your data mover, choose the Domain Controller which exists on the DR site by clicking on the server name from the drop-down list. The warning message will pop up:

In the right panel, fill in the requested data and then click the Apply button. If you choose to clone the server on the DR site during the job execution process, the EDRM will shut down the domain controller before taking the snapshot to avoid any issues inside your active directory during the test process. The domain controller will be in a shutdown state until the job is finished and the cloned domain controller is deleted. Only after that, the EDRM will Power On the domain controller. Because of this, our best practice is to have more than one domain controller inside the DR site to be more resilient during the cloning and testing process.

Click on the Next button to continue to the next step. Wait until the EDRM fetches data from your data mover, then select the desired group that you want to test, and click on the blue icon in a middle to move selected devices to the selection panel.

In the Device Test panel, you will see the list of the preselected tests that will be applied to all selected devices. Each server, by default, will be tested on four grounds:

  • health test
  • network test
  • application test
  • script test

Before continuing to the last step, please check that your Domain Controller is in the first group that will failover inside the test isolated bubble network. This is a mandatory step that will enable you to successfully test all other servers that rely on a domain controller.  Click on the red marked option to open Set Plains Failover Order window. If the group that contains Domain Controller is not first on the list, please click and hold the mouse button on the desired group, then drag it on the top of the panel. Now Domain Controller is now planned to be in the first group that is tested. Click the Save button.

Now that all of the settings are configured, click on the Next button.

In case a warning message pops up, it will probably be caused because you selected the group that doesn’t include the Domain Controller. Because the Domain Controller is mandatory for the test to succeed, review your groups and make sure that you include at least one Domain Controller. In cases where you are testing a Linux server that does not rely on Domain Controller, click the Yes button to continue.

 

 

On the last page, you can enter an email address that the EDRM will use to send an offline HTML report after the job is finished. EnsureDR will use our external SMTP server. If this server is not connected to the internet or port 25 is blocked, you can set your internal STMP with the setting button to the right. You can set the scheduler to run the recurrent job on a weekly basis. Click the Save & Run button to execute the job you created.

Note: Only one EnsureDR job can run on the same EDR server. You can either use multiple EDR servers or set different schedules for each job.

Wait until the job is finished and a report is created. Click on the Full Report button to get details regarding tests that are performed within the job, review the test results. In case of issues found within the report, take steps to fix the issues that the EDRM reported as unsuccessful during the testing process. In the report, you can investigate if a test failed and get more info within the logs by pressing the Full Log button.