I was trying to figure out how you would go about restoring VMs at a remote site if the primary site was cutoff, or destroyed, for an extended period of time. This is taking into account Avamar to DD with Avamar replication running from primary site to remote site. Since the vCenter connection is cutoff, or destroyed, obviously, I was wondering what the process is for restoring from the remote Avamar instance.
Would you just need a stand alone vCenter server, Avamar Proxy, at the DR site to point to, and Avamar could restore to it or do you have to have a copy of the original vCenter at your remote site?
You are correct, you need a vCenter at a DR site that needs to be registered on the DR Avamar along with the proxy. Then you can login into the GUI and select the desired VM and perform redirected recovery.
That's right approach, You can register vCenter and Avamar proxy with the DR Avamar grid, provided ensure that proxy at the DR site is registered with the DR Avamar server only, as proxy can be active from only one of the Avamar grid at a time.
I'm assuming I also would need to have at least one esx host registered to this vCenter at my DR site. We have esx hosts already up there but they're registered with our main vCenter at our normal location.
You can even register ESX host directly and perform recovery on it. You do not need vCenter explicitly, this will save some time if you need to recover couple of VM for emergency purpose. You may have to remove the ESX from an existing vCenter or deploy a fresh one
Note : If you register ESX as a vCenter than you won't be able to use proxy deployment manager to deploy a new proxy, you have to manually deploy one.
To register an esx server directly without vCetner, in Avamar Admin, do you just go to add a "Client Type - VMWare vCenter" and put in info for an esx host instead of a vCenter?