During VMworld I received multiple questions around support for vSphere Storage DRS with vSphere Site Recovery Manager (SRM), we even had this question during our session and my answer was “Yes it does”. During some of the other sessions presenters stated that it was unsupported. Scott Lowe also mentions recalling the fact that it was mentioned somewhere down the line to be unsupported. Now although the Resource Management Guide for vSphere 5.0 on page 91 currently says it is supported it is not supported. Yes I know I stated it was supported but unfortunately the document is incorrect and the information provided to me was outdated. Although I verified the facts, I was not informed about this change. Hopefully this will not happen again and my apologies for that.
Now lets give the raw facts first, SRM does not support Storage vMotion and SRM does not support Storage DRS. The reason that SRM does not support Storage vMotion (and subsequently Storage DRS) is because it changes the location of the virtual machine without SRM being aware of it. After the location of the virtual machine has changed the VM that was originally protected by SRM will not be protected anymore which can have an impact on your RTO. These are the raw facts. I have requested the SRM team to document this in a KB to make sure everyone understands the reason and the impact.
The question of course is… will it work? My colleague Cormac has tested it and you can read his observations here.
This statement is documented in the SRM releasenotes: http://www.vmware.com/support/srm/srm_releasenotes_5_0_0.html
Interoperability with Storage vMotion and Storage DRS:
Due to some specific and limited cases where recoverability can be compromised during storage movement, Site Recovery Manager 5.0 is not supported for use with Storage vMotion (SVmotion) and is not supported for use with the Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (SDRS) including the use of datastore clusters.
** update: I followed the documentation which apparently was incorrect. Documentation bug has been filed, should be update in the near future. **
** update: Link to SRM releasenotes with statement added. **