By using the vSphere Client, in providers vCenter Server instances, deploy vCenter Replication Management Appliance. Similarly, in tenants vCenter Server instances, deploy On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance by using the OVA files for each appliance.

Deploy two VMware Cloud Director Availability appliances, depending on the desired topology and on the available licensing:
  • For replicating workloads between a provider vCenter Server instance and a tenant vCenter Server instance:
    • In the provider vCenter Server, deploy and license one vCenter Replication Management Appliance.
    • In the tenant vCenter Server, deploy one On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance.
  • Alternatively, for replicating workloads between provider vCenter Server instances, deploy and license one vCenter Replication Management Appliance in each provider vCenter Server instance.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that the disaster recovery environment in each site meets the deployment requirements. For information about each appliance prerequisites, see Deployment Architecture and Requirements of vCenter Replication Management Appliance and On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance.
  • Download the installation files, containing the binaries for the two appliances.
    • To deploy a provider vCenter Replication Management Appliance, download the VMware-Cloud-Director-Availability-Provider-release.number.xxxxxxx-build-sha_OVF10.ova file.
    • To deploy a tenant On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance, download the VMware-Cloud-Director-Availability-On-Premises-release.number.xxxxxxx-build-sha_OVF10.ova file.

Procedure

  • In a provider vCenter Server instance, deploy a vCenter Replication Management Appliance.
    1. Log in to the provider vCenter Server instance by using the vSphere Client and authenticate as a vSphere administrator user.
    2. Navigate to a target object where you want to deploy the vCenter Replication Management Appliance.
      As a target object you can use: a data center, a folder, a cluster, a resource pool, or a host.
    3. Right-click the target object and from the drop-down menu select Deploy OVF Template.
      The Deploy OVF Template wizard opens. The following steps depend on the vSphere version that you use.
    4. On the Select an OVF template page, browse to the downloaded file location and click Next.
    5. On the Select a name and folder page, enter a name for the cloud on-premises appliance, select its deployment location, and click Next.
    6. On the Select a compute resource page, select a host, or cluster as a destination compute resource for running the appliance on, and click Next.
    7. On the Review details page, verify that the selected template details are correct and click Next.
    8. On the License agreements page, select the I accept all license agreements check box and click Next.
    9. On the Configuration page, select the vCenter Replication Management Appliance deployment configuration for the appliance type and click Next.
      Once selected, the appliance role changes only by redeploying the appliance.
    10. On the Select storage page, select the virtual disk format and the storage policy for the appliance and click Next.
    11. On the Select networks page, optionally configure the network settings and click Next.
      For information about configuring the network settings after the deployment is complete, see the Administration Guide.
    12. On the Customize template page, customize the deployment properties of the appliance and click Next.
      Option Description
      Root Password Enter and confirm the initial password for the appliance root user.

      Later, when logging in for the first time as the root user, the appliance requires changing this initial password.

      NTP Server
      Important: In the disaster recovery environment, ensure that both vCenter Server instances in the source and in the destination, the ESXi hosts, and both VMware Cloud Director Availability appliances all use the same NTP server.
      Hostname Enter the appliance hostname.
      Address Enter the IP address of the appliance.
      Gateway Enter the gateway of the appliance network.
      MTU Enter the maximum transmission unit of the network.
      DNS servers Enter DNS servers for the appliance network.
      Search domains Enter the search domains for the appliance network.
    13. On the Ready to complete page, review the settings and begin the installation process by clicking Finish.
    The Recent Tasks pane shows a new task for initializing the provider appliance deployment. After the task is complete, the new appliance is created in the selected vCenter Server resource.
  • In a tenant vCenter Server instance, deploy an On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance.
    1. Log in to the tenant vCenter Server instance by using the vSphere Client and authenticate as a vSphere administrator user.
    2. Repeat the previous steps for deploying the On-Premises to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance.
    3. On the Configuration page, select the On-Premise to Cloud vCenter Replication Appliance deployment configuration as the appliance type, then complete the remaining wizard steps.
      Once selected, the appliance role changes only by redeploying the appliance. For information about the alternative On-Premises to Cloud Director Replication Appliance role, see Installing and Configuring On-Premises to Cloud Director Replication Appliance.
    The Recent Tasks pane shows a new task for initializing the tenant appliance deployment. After the task is complete, the new appliance is created in the selected vCenter Server resource.

Results

Both appliances are deployed in each vCenter Server site and are ready for their initial configuration.