To deploy the two vSphere Replication virtual appliances, one in the protected region, and one in the recovery region, your environment must satisfy certain hardware and software requirements.

Software Requirements

Before you install vSphere Replication, make sure that you have the following configuration available in your environment.

Component Requirement
Installation package Download the vSphere Replication .iso image and mount it on the machine that you use to access the vSphere Web Client.
Email address of the vSphere Replication site administrators Get the email addresses of the vSphere Replication site administrators. 
Certificate Authority
  • Configure the root Active Directory domain controller as a certificate authority for the environment.
  • Download the CertGenVVD tool and generate the signed certificate for vSphere Replication. See the VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation documentation.

IP Addresses, Host Names, and Network Configuration

In each region, allocate a static IP address and FQDN for vSphere Replication, and map the host name to the IP address.

Table 1. Network Configuration of vSphere Replication in Region A
Setting Value
Host name sfo01m01vrms01
Static IPv4 address 172.16.11.123
Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
Default gateway 172.16.11.253
DNS servers 172.16.11.5
FQDN sfo01m01vrms01.sfo01.rainpole.local
Used ports 5480
NTP servers
  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local
  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local
Table 2. Network Configuration of vSphere Replication in Region B
Setting Value
Host name lax01m01vrms01
Static IPv4 address 172.17.11.123
Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
Default gateway 172.17.11.253
DNS servers 172.17.11.5
FQDN lax01m01vrms01.lax01.rainpole.local
Used ports 5480
NTP servers
  • ntp.lax01.rainpole.local
  • ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local
Table 3. VLAN and IP Requirements for vSphere Replication Traffic
Requirement Region A Region B
VLAN ID 1616 1716
Static IPv4 address 172.16.16.71 172.17.16.71
Subnet mask 255.255.255.0 255.255.255.0
Gateway 172.16.16.253 172.17.16.253

Deployment Prerequisites

Verify that your environment satisfies the following prerequisites for the deployment of vSphere Replication.

Prerequisite Value
Active Directory Verify that you have a parent active directory with the SDDC user roles configured for the rainpole.local domain. The users and groups must be available in Region A and Region B.
Software Features Verify that the Platform Services Controller instances for Region A and Region B are connected to the Active Directory domain.