The vSphere Replication appliance includes a vSphere Replication server. However, you might need to deploy multiple vSphere Replication servers to meet your load balancing needs.
You can deploy multiple vSphere Replication servers to route traffic from source hosts to target datastores without traveling between different sites managed by the same vCenter Server.
For information about the loads that a vSphere Replication management server and a vSphere Replication server can support, see http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2034768.
Deploy vSphere Replication appliances on the source and target sites.
Deploy vSphere Replication servers on a network that allows them to communicate with the vSphere Replication appliances on the source and target sites.
Verify that the vSphere Replication servers can communicate with the ESXi Server instances on the source site that hosts the replicated virtual machines.
- Right-click on datacenter, host or cluster, and select Deploy OVF Template.
- Browse for the vSphere_Replication_AddOn_OVF10.ovf, vSphere_Replication-system.vmdk, and vSphere_Replication-support.vmdk files, select them, and click Next.
- Review the virtual appliance details and click Next.
- Follow the prompts to select a destination host, datastore, and disk format for the virtual appliance.
- Enter a password for the appliance that is at least eight characters long.
- Set the network properties. Select DHCP or set a static IP address.
You can change network settings after deployment in the VAMI.
- Review your settings and click Finish.
- Power on the vSphere Replication appliance.
What to do next
When the OVF file has deployed, register the vSphere Replication server with the vSphere Replication appliance.