Before you can use Site Recovery Manager, you must connect the protected and recovery sites. The sites must authenticate with each other. This is known as site pairing.

About this task

When you enter the address of the vCenter Server instance on the recovery site, take a note of the address format that you use. You must use the same address format that you use to connect the Site Recovery Manager sites for later configuration operations. You must enter exactly the same vCenter Server address format here that you entered when installing the Site Recovery Manager Server at the recovery site. If you used an IP address when installing the Site Recovery Manager Server at the recovery site, use an IP address to pair the Site Recovery Manager sites. If you entered a hostname when installing the Site Recovery Manager Server, use the same hostname to pair the Site Recovery Manager sites.

Important:

Site Recovery Manager does not support network address translation (NAT). If the network that you use to connect the Site Recovery Manager sites uses NAT, attempting to connect the sites results in an error. Use credential-based authentication and network routing without NAT when connecting the sites.

If you are using an untrusted certificate, several of the steps in this procedure produce certificate warnings. You can ignore the warnings.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that you installed Site Recovery Manager Server instances at the protected and recovery sites.

  • Verify that you installed the Site Recovery Manager client plug-in in the vSphere Client.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Client, connect to the Site Recovery Manager Server on the protected site.
  2. Click Sites in the left pane and click Configure Connection on either the Summary tab or the Getting Started tab.
  3. On the Remote Site Information page, type the IP address or hostname of the vCenter Server instance at the recovery site and the port to which to connect and click Next.

    Port 80 is used for the initial connection to the remote site. After the initial HTTP connection is made, the two sites establish an SSL connection for subsequent connections.

  4. On the vCenter Server Authentication page, provide the vCenter administrator user name and password for the recovery site and click Next.

    You must enter exactly the same information here that you entered when installing the Site Recovery Manager Server at the recovery site.

  5. On the Complete Connections page, click Finish after all of the site paring steps have completed successfully.
  6. In the Remote vCenter Server window, enter credentials for the vCenter Server instance at the recovery site.
  7. Connect another vSphere Client instance to the vCenter Server instance on the recovery site and go to the Site Recovery Manager interface.
  8. In the Remote vCenter Server window, enter credentials for the vCenter Server instance at the protected site.