You use the vSphere Replication 8.5 Configuration Import/Export Tool to export replication configuration data in an XML file.


  • Verify that you have Java 1.8.x installed and environment variables configured.
  • Verify that you have a site pair with Site Recovery Manager running on both the protected and the recovery sites.


  1. Download the vSphere Replication 8.5 Configuration Import/Export Tool .zip.
  2. Extract the tool from the archive.
  3. Open a command shell, navigate to the folder where you extracted the tool, and run the following command.
    java -jar /opt/vmware/vr-impex-tool/vr-impex-tool-<version>.jar --exportInteractive
    To make the XML file more human-readable, add the format option. Adding the format option significantly increases the XML file size.

    java -jar /opt/vmware/vr-impex-tool/vr-impex-tool-<version>.jar --exportInteractive --format

  4. Enter the host name or the IP address of the Lookup Service.
  5. Enter the port number or press Enter, if you use the default port.
  6. Accept the SHA-1 Thumbprint.
  7. Enter user name and password for the local vCenter Server instance.
  8. Select a paired vSphere Replication instance.
  9. Enter user name and password for the remote vCenter Server instance.


Example for Export of Outgoing Replications
 java -jar /opt/vmware/vr-impex-tool/vr-impex-tool-<version>.jar --exportInteractive --format --exportProperties=/opt/vmware/vr-impex-tool/ --exportPath=/opt/vmware/vr-impex-tool/
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Initiating CMD interaction.
Enter host name or IP address of a Lookup Service:
Enter port (or press Enter in case you use the default - 443):

Host has untrusted certificate with SHA-1 Thumbprint: 63:50:89:60:76:5C:78:C9:B0:1A:A6:B6:D0:08:D7:8E:31:46:BF:A7 .
Accept thumbprint? (y/n):
Enter username for
Enter password for
Establishing connection...
Available HMS servers:

One HMS server found:
Enter username for pair site '':
Enter password for pair site '':
Collecting data...
Starting export...
2019-09-03 16:28:14,771 DEBUG - Hms inventory export started.
2019-09-03 16:28:14,993 DEBUG - Replication groups export started.
2019-09-03 16:28:15,627 DEBUG - Hms inventory export ended.
2019-09-03 16:28:23,680 DEBUG - Replication groups export ended.
Writing to file started.
Writing to file finished.
Export ended successfully.