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

About this task

Important:

You must use the same authentication method on both sites. If you attempt to use credential-based authentication on one site and certificate-based authentication on the other, site pairing fails.

Prerequisites

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

  • If you did not select the default plug-in ID when you installed Site Recovery Manager Server, you must have assigned the same custom plug-in ID to the Site Recovery Manager Server instances on each of the sites.

  • If you are using certificate-based authentication, provide the certificate for the remote site to the vSphere Web Client service on each site. See Provide Trusted CA Certificates to vSphere Web Client.

Procedure

  1. Connect to vSphere Web Client on one of the sites, and select Site Recovery > Sites.
  2. On the Objects tab, right-click a site and select Pair Site.
  3. Enter the details for the vCenter Server instance on the remote site, and click OK.

    Option

    Action

    vCenter Server

    Enter the IP address or hostname of the vCenter Server instance on the remote site. You must use the same vCenter Server address format that you used when you installed Site Recovery Manager Server on that site. If you used an IP address when installing Site Recovery Manager Server, use an IP address for the remote site to pair the Site Recovery Manager sites. If you entered a hostname when installing Site Recovery Manager Server, use the same hostname to pair the sites.

    Port

    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. Change this setting only if vCenter Server uses a different port.

    Username

    Enter the user name of an administrator of the specified vCenter Server instance. This information is only required if you use auto-generated certificates for authentication.

    Password

    Enter the password for the specified user name. This information is only required if you use auto-generated certificates for authentication.

    The remote site appears on the Objects tab.

Results

The protected and recovery sites are connected.