(Microsoft Suggested Idea) Storage Replica simulated failover
Is the ability to simulate failover with Storage Replica important to you? In other words, the ability to temporarily create a writable copy of the destination volume - without actually performing a direction switch - and access data on that volume. When done testing, you would then discard the temporary volume. During testing, the real source and destination volumes continue to replicate.
Keep in mind that this feature may prevent other SR capabilities from being made, due to resourcing. Naturally, if you have other features you want in SR that are more important to you, do not vote yes for this - instead, create a new feedback item and vote there!
Nathon Sweetman commented
It would be nice to be able to validate the data in such a DR, this way we can do it on an on going basis without having to create and outage situation.
Didier Van Hoye commented
Sounds like a good idea. We have that in many storage solutions and it helps to test & verify both the failover and the process around it.
This would be very helpful. We currently leverage Hyper-V simulated failover for our regular DR testing. We are currently evaluating storage replication as a replacement for file share DR/Site fail over scenario. We are currently concerned about how to test the use Async storage replication for file server clusters without impacting the primary site. Being able to do some sort of "pause" and test fail over without impacting production would be a big validation feature for us.
Yes, or like Hyper-V Replica's test failover feature. Still agnostic to the workload, so not as feature rich, naturally. It's a feature many application replication products have, even with the DRP validation you correctly point out.
Philip Elder commented
Essentially providing a sandbox feature to allow a full spool-up of the replicated resources a la Veeam? That would be a nice feature to have however wouldn't a proper DRP require failover and failback as part of the initial setup process anyway?