The vSphere Replication appliance includes a vSphere Replication server. However, you might need to deploy multiple vSphere Replication servers to meet your load balancing needs.

About this task

vSphere Replication server is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance. Site Recovery Manager deploys the OVF file from the vCenter Server instance that Site Recovery Manager extends. The vSphere Replication server OVF file is also available at C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager\www\vSphere_Replication_Server_SRM_OVF10.ovf on the Site Recovery Manager Server machine. If deploying the vSphere Replication server OVF from the default location fails or is slow, you can also deploy it from Site Recovery Manager Server.

You can deploy multiple vSphere Replication servers to route traffic from source hosts to target datastores without traveling between different sites managed by the same vCenter Server.

For information about the loads that a vSphere Replication management server and a vSphere Replication server can support, see


  • Deploy vSphere Replication appliances on the protected and recovery sites.

  • Connect the vSphere Replication appliances.

  • Deploy vSphere Replication servers on a network that allows them to communicate with the vSphere Replication appliances on the protected and recovery sites.

  • Verify that the vSphere Replication servers can communicate with the ESXi Server instances on the primary site that hosts the replicated virtual machines.

  • Connect to Site Recovery Manager as described in Connect to Site Recovery Manager.


  1. Click vSphere Replication in the Site Recovery Manager interface, and click the Summary tab.
  2. Click Deploy VR Server.
  3. Click OK to start the Deploy OVF Template wizard.
  4. Click Next to deploy the OVF file from the default location.
  5. Review the virtual appliance details and click Next.
  6. Accept the default name and destination folder or provide a new name and folder for the virtual appliance, and click Next.
  7. Follow the prompts to select a destination host, datastore, and disk format for the virtual appliance.
  8. Set the appliance properties, and click Next.




    Type and confirm a root password for the appliance.

    Networking Properties

    If you do not set network settings, the appliance uses DHCP. Set a static IP address for the appliance. You can also reconfigure network settings after deployment by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI).

  9. Review your settings and select Power on after deployment to start the appliance immediately after deployment completes.

    If you deploy the vSphere Replication server OVF file from the default location, the Power on after deployment check box is selected automatically.

  10. Click Finish.

What to do next

When the OVF file has deployed, register the vSphere Replication server with the vSphere Replication appliance.