You can use vSphere Replication with Site Recovery Manager in a shared recovery site configuration in the same way that you do in a standard one-to-one configuration.

About this task

You deploy one vSphere Replication appliance on each protected site. You deploy only one vSphere Replication appliance on the shared recovery site. All of the vSphere Replication appliances on the protected sites connect to this single vSphere Replication appliance on the recovery site. You deploy the vSphere Replication appliances in the same way as for a standard one-to-one configuration.

Important:

Deploy only one vSphere Replication appliance on the shared recovery site. If you deploy multiple vSphere Replication appliances on the shared recovery site, each new vSphere Replication appliance overwrites the registration of the previous vSphere Replication appliance with vCenter Server. This overwrites all existing replications and configurations.

You can deploy the vSphere Replication appliance on the shared recovery site from any of the Site Recovery Manager instances on the shared recovery site. After deployment, the vSphere Replication appliance registers with vCenter Server on the shared recovery site and is available to all of the Site Recovery Manager instances on the shared recovery site.

You can deploy multiple additional vSphere Replication servers on the shared recovery site to distribute the replication load. For example, you can deploy on the shared recovery site a vSphere Replication server for each of the protected sites that connects to the shared recovery site. For information about protection and recovery limits when using vSphere Replication with Site Recovery Manager in a shared recovery site configuration, see KB 2008061.

Prerequisites

  • You installed Site Recovery Manager in a shared recovery site configuration.

  • You connected the protected sites with the shared recovery site.

  • Familiarize yourself with the procedure for deploying vSphere Replication. For information about a standard vSphere Replication installation, see Installing vSphere Replication.

Procedure

  1. Deploy a vSphere Replication appliance on each of the protected sites.
  2. Deploy one vSphere Replication appliance on the shared recovery site.
  3. Log in to Site Recovery Manager on each of the protected sites and configure the vSphere Replication connection to the recovery site.

    All of the vSphere Replication appliances on the protected sites connect to the same vSphere Replication appliance on the recovery site.

  4. (Optional) : Deploy additional vSphere Replication servers on the shared recovery site.
  5. (Optional) : Register the additional vSphere Replication servers with the vSphere Replication appliance on the shared recovery site.

    The vSphere Replication servers become available to all Site Recovery Manager instances on the shared recovery site.

  6. Configure the mappings from the resources on the protected sites to resources on the shared recovery site and configure the placeholder datastores.
  7. Configure the vSphere Replication datastore mappings from the protected sites to datastores on the shared recovery site.

Results

The shared recovery site is ready to receive replicated virtual machines that you recover from the protected sites by using vSphere Replication.