In their management interfaces, configure both appliances by first changing their initial root user password set during each appliance deployment. Then register each appliance with the local vCenter Server Lookup service in each site. Finally, initiate pairing from one of the appliances, then complete the pairing from the remote appliance.

Prerequisites

Verify that in both vCenter Server instances, each appliance is deployed and powered on. For information about the appliance requirements and deployment, see Deploy Both Appliances.

Procedure

  1. Repeat the following steps for each appliance and configure both appliances.
  2. In a Web browser, go to https://On-Prem-Appliance-IP-address.
  3. Log in by using the root user password that you set during the OVA deployment.
  4. If you log in to the appliance for the first time, you must change the initial root user password.
    1. Enter the initial root user password that you set during the OVA deployment.
    2. Enter and confirm a new password.
      The password that you enter must be a secured password with a minimum of eight characters and it must consist of:
      • At least one lowercase letter.
      • At least one uppercase letter.
      • At least one number.
      • At least one special character, such as & # %.
    3. Click Apply.
      The Getting Started tab opens.
  5. To configure this appliance for the first time, click Run the initial setup wizard.
  6. In the Initial Setup window, configure the site name, the local vCenter Server Lookup service, and its credentials.
    Option Description
    Site name Enter a name for this site.
    Important: This site name is used as an identifier and cannot be changed later without impacting the active replications.
    Lookup Service Address Enter the IP address or the FQDN of the local vCenter Server Lookup service in this site and press Tab, auto-completing the address as https://Lookup-Service-IP-or-FQDN:443/lookupservice/sdk.
    Note: To use the VMware Cloud Director Availability vSphere Client Plug-In, go to the URL of the vSphere Client by using the same method - an IP address or an FQDN. Match the configuration in the Lookup Service Address text box.
    SSO Admin Username Enter the vSphere administrator single sign-on (SSO) user name for the vCenter Server Lookup service. This user must belong to the ADMINISTRATORS group.
    Important: For all vSphere DR and migration workflows the principal is this user. That is, this user owns all replications, meaning all users that see the replication have full control over it.
    Password Enter the vSphere administrator user password for the vCenter Server Lookup service.
    1. As a provider, for the vCenter Replication Management Appliance, in the License Key text box, enter the VMware Cloud Director Availability license.
      When deploying On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance, skip this step as this appliance requires no licensing for operations.
    2. To complete the initial setup, click Apply.
    3. Verify the thumbprint and accept the SSL certificate of the local vCenter Server Lookup service in this site.
    This appliance is configured. Before pairing, repeat the above steps and similarly configure the remaining appliance until both appliances are configured and ready for pairing.
  7. As a provider, before pairing, you must add each vCenter Replication Management Appliance instance for metering in vCloud Usage Meter.
    For information about adding the appliance instances in vCloud Usage Meter, see vCloud Usage Meter Integration.
    On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance does not require metering.
  8. After configuring both appliances, pair them from each of the two sites, regardless which site initiates the pairing process.
    VRUSERS can also access Peer Sites for pairing with the provider.
    • First, initiate the pairing process from either of the sites.
    • Then complete the pairing process in the remote site.
    Note: You can only pair either two vCenter Replication Management Appliance instances, or one vCenter Replication Management Appliance and one On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance.

    Attempting to pair two On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance instances with each other show the following error message in the New Pairing window Sites are not allowed to pair or start replication. Check site(s) licensing. However, the pairing remains visible and must be manually deleted from both sides. Attempting to create a replication between such paired on-premises sites gets prevented by an error checking the licensing of the sites.

    1. In the left pane, click Peer Sites.
    2. To initiate the pairing process, on the Peer Sites page, click New pairing.
    3. In the New Pairing window, configure the appliances pair and click Pair.
      Option Description
      Service Endpoint
      • Enter the address of the Service Endpoint:443 of the remote appliance.
      • Alternatively, enter port 8048 when both appliances reside in the same network.
      Description Optionally, enter a description for this site as an identifier.
    4. In the Additional Actions Required window, to confirm going to the remote appliance interface for completing the pairing process click OK.
    5. In a Web browser, go to the address of the remote appliance and log in as the root user.
    6. In the left pane, click Peer Sites.
    7. To complete the already initiated pairing process, on the Peer Sites page, click New pairing.
    8. In the New Pairing window, configure the appliances pair and click Pair.
      Option Description
      Service Endpoint
      • Enter the address of the Service Endpoint:443 of the remote appliance.
      • Alternatively, enter port 8048 when both appliances reside in the same network.
      Description Optionally, enter a description for this site as an identifier.
    9. Verify the thumbprint and accept the SSL certificate of the remote appliance.
    Both appliances paired with each other and are ready to integrate with VMware vCloud ® Usage Meter for metering. Then the two vCenter Server sites are ready for replications between each other.

What to do next

After adding the vCenter Replication Management Appliance instances in vCloud Usage Meter, you can now create and manage replications between both vCenter Server sites by accessing either of the following two interfaces:

  • Log in to any of the two vCenter Server sites by using the vSphere Client and authenticating in one of the following ways, then access the VMware Cloud Director Availability vSphere Client Plug-In.
    Note: Ensure that the user has sufficient privileges granted to see and interact with vSphere workloads.
    • To authenticate as a tenant, for pairing or replicating workloads, log in by using single sign-on user credentials that belong to the VRUSERS group that VMware Cloud Director Availability created by registering with the vCenter Server Lookup service.
    • To authenticate a session with administrator privileges, log in by using single sign-on user credentials that belong to the ADMINISTRATORS or VRADMINISTRATORS groups.

      For example, the Administrator@vsphere.local single sign-on user is a member of the ADMINISTRATORS group.

    • Any single sign-on users that do not belong to any of these three groups cannot authenticate.
  • Alternatively, go to https://Appliance-IP-address/ui/admin of either of the newly paired VMware Cloud Director Availability appliances management interfaces and log in by using single sign-on user credentials that belong to the ADMINISTRATORS or VRADMINISTRATORS groups, or alternatively by using the password for the built-in root user of the appliances.
For more information, see the User Guide.