You isolate the network traffic to the vSphere Replication server by dedicating a VMkernel network adapter on each management ESXi host in both the protected and the recovery VMware Cloud Foundation instances.

For the protected VMware Cloud Foundation instance procedure, use the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

UI Procedure

  1. Log in to the management domain vCenter Server at https://<protected_vcenter_server_fqdn>/ui in the protected VMware Cloud Foundation instance as administrator@vsphere.local.
  2. Create a VMkernel adapter for vSphere Replication traffic on the management domain ESXi hosts.

    1. In the Hosts and clusters inventory, expand the management domain vCenter Server tree and expand the management domain data center.
    2. Expand the default management cluster and select the first ESXi host.
    3. Click the Configure tab.
    4. In the left pane, navigate to Networking > VMkernel adapters.
    5. On the VMkernel adapters page, click Add networking.

      The Add networking wizard opens.

    6. On the Select connection type page, select VMkernel network adapter and click Next.
    7. On the Select target device page, select Select an existing network, click Browse, select the vSphere Replication storage replication port group, and click Next.
    8. On the Port properties page, in the Available services section, select vSphere Replication and vSphere Replication NFC, and click Next.
    9. On the IPv4 setting page, select Use static IPv4 settings, configure the settings according to your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook, and click Next.
    10. On the Ready to complete page, click Finish.
  3. Repeat this step to create VMkernel network adapters on the remaining management ESXi hosts in the protected VMware Cloud Foundation instance.
  4. Repeat this procedure to create VMkernel network adapters on the ESXi hosts in the recovery VMware Cloud Foundation instance by using the corresponding values in your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook for the Recovery Instance.
  5. If you add new ESXi hosts to the management domain by using SDDC Manager, you must follow this procedure to add and configure a new vSphere Replication traffic VMkernel adapter on each new ESXi host.

PowerShell Procedure

  1. Start PowerShell.

  2. Replace the values in the sample code with values from your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook and run the commands in the PowerShell console.

    $sddcManagerFqdn = "sfo-vcf01.sfo.rainpole.io"
    $sddcManagerUser = "administrator@vsphere.local"
    $sddcManagerPass = "VMw@re1!"
    
    $sddcDomain = "sfo-m01"
    $replicationPortgroup = "sfo-m01-cl01-vds01-pg-vrms"
    $replicationNetmask = "255.255.255.0"
    $replicationIpAddresses = @("172.27.15.101","172.27.15.102","172.27.15.103","172.27.15.104")
  3. Perform the configuration by running the command in the PowerShell console.

    Add-EsxiVrmsVMkernelPort -server $sddcManagerFqdn -user $sddcManagerUser -pass $sddcManagerPass -domain $sddcDomain -portgroup $replicationPortgroup -netmask $replicationNetmask -ipAddresses $replicationIpAddresses
  4. Repeat the procedure to create VMkernel network adapters on the ESXi hosts in the recovery VMware Cloud Foundation instance by using the corresponding values in your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook for the Recovery Instance.