vSphere Replication uses the replication technologies included in ESXi with the assistance of virtual appliances to replicate virtual machines between source and target sites.

About this task

The vSphere Replication appliance registers with the corresponding vCenter Server instance. For example, on the source site, the vSphere Replication appliance registers with the vCenter Server instance on the source site.

The vSphere Replication appliance contains a vSphere Replication server that manages the replication process. To meet the load balancing needs of your environment, you might need to deploy additional vSphere Replication servers at each site. Additional vSphere Replication servers that you deploy are themselves virtual appliances. You must register any additional vSphere Replication servers with the vSphere Replication appliance on the corresponding site.

The vSphere Replication appliance provides a virtual appliance management interface (VAMI). You can use this interface to reconfigure the vSphere Replication database, network settings, public-key certificates, and passwords for the appliances.

Before you can use vSphere Replication with Site Recovery Manager, you must configure the Site Recovery Manager infrastructure.

  • When installing Site Recovery Manager, make sure that you select the vSphere Replication option. If you did not select the vSphere Replication option when you installed Site Recovery Manager, you can add that option by running the installer again in repair mode.

  • Pair the Site Recovery Manager Server instances as described in Connect the Protected and Recovery Sites.

The Getting Started page in the vSphere Replication view of the Site Recovery Manager interface provides guidance to ensure that you complete the installation and configuration process correctly.