Migrate a vApp or a virtual machine to a remote organization, and run the workload in the destination site, by configuring a migration. After a successful replication in the destination site, you can power on the source virtual machine in the destination site.


  • Verify that VMware Cloud Director Availability is deployed in both the source and in the destination sites.
  • Verify that you can access VMware Cloud Director Availability as a tenant or as a service provider. For more information, see Accessing VMware Cloud Director Availability.
  • Verify that your session is extended to the site in which the vApps or virtual machines you are about to migrate reside. For more information, see Authenticating to Remote Sites.


  1. In the left pane, choose a replication direction..
  2. Click All Actions > New migration.
  3. Follow the prompts of the New Replication wizard.
    1. On the Target VDC and Storage policy page, select the destination virtual data center for the replication and the storage policy for placing the recovered virtual machines, and click Next.
      For seed vApps and virtual machines, the Replicator Service uses the storage policy of the seed.

      For VDCs that do not have replications to them, the Quota column shows Currently unavailable, and is refreshed once every 10 minutes.

    2. On the Settings page, configure the following replication settings and click Next.
      • To start the replication when the wizard finishes, leave Delay start synchronization deselected.
      • (Optional) To schedule the start of the replication, select Delay start synchronization and enter the local date and time to start the replication.
      • (Optional) To exclude some hard disks of the virtual machines from replicating to the destination site, select Exclude disks.
      • (Optional) To use a previous copy of the virtual machines in the destination site, select Configure Seed VMs.
    3. If you selected Configure Seed VMs, on the Seed VM page you must select a vApp or a virtual machine to use as seed and click Next.
    4. If you selected Exclude disks, on the Disks page you must select the hard disks to replicate and click Next.
    5. On the Ready to Complete page, verify that the replication settings are correct and click Finish.


After the replication finishes, for the vApp and its virtual machines in the Replication type column, you see a Migration state.

What to do next

You can migrate to the destination site. To migrate, the source workload must be operational. For more information, see Perform a Migrate Task.