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 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 2081866.

Prerequisites

  • To use Site Recovery Manager with vSphere Replication, deploy the appropriate version of vSphere Replication on both of the protected and recovery sites before you install Site Recovery Manager Server. The Site Recovery Manager installer verifies the version of vSphere Replication during installation and stops if it detects an incompatible version. This verification is not performed if you install vSphere Replication after you install Site Recovery Manager Server, which might lead to incompatible versions. Incompatible versions of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication cause the vSphere Web Client to stop working. For information about compatibility between vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager versions, see vSphere Replication Requirements in the Compatibility Matrixes for vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8 at https://www.vmware.com/support/srm/srm-compat-matrix-5-8.html.

  • If you have existing vSphere Replication appliances on the sites, you must either upgrade them to the correct version or unregister them from both vCenter Server instances before you install Site Recovery Manager. Incompatible versions of Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication cause the vSphere Web Client to stop working. See Unregister an Incompatible Version of 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. (Optional) : Deploy additional vSphere Replication servers on the shared recovery site.
  4. (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.

Results

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