To initiate a trust establishment between two cloud sites with vCloud Availability instances, you initiate pairing from either of the two sites. Depending on the vCloud Availability versions in the sites, to complete establishing the trust, you perform the pairing procedure in the local and the remote sites or only in the local site.

Depending on the version of vCloud Availability in the cloud sites, use the appropriate pairing process:
  • To pair site A and site B, both running vCloud Availability 3.5, perform the procedure from both sites:
    1. From site A, initiate the pairing process with site B.
    2. From site B, complete the pairing process with site A.
  • To pair a site running vCloud Availability 3.5 and a site running vCloud Availability 3.0.x, perform the following steps:
    1. In the vCloud Availability 3.5 site, allow the administrative access from public IPs. For more information, see Allow Public Administrative Access to vCloud Availability.
    2. In the vCloud Availability 3.0.x site, initiate and complete the pairing process with the vCloud Availability 3.5 site.

      When pairing from the vCloud Availability 3.0.x site, you must provide the password of the root user of the remote site vCloud Availability Cloud Replicator Appliance. For more information, see Pair Cloud Sites in Administering vCloud Availability 3.0.

    3. In the vCloud Availability 3.5 site, after completing the pairing process, disallow the administrative access from public IPs. For more information, see Allow Public Administrative Access to vCloud Availability.
  • To pair site A and site B, both running vCloud Availability 3.0.x, see Pair Cloud Sites in Administering vCloud Availability 3.0.

Prerequisites

Verify that the vCloud Availability appliances are configured in both cloud sites:
  • vCloud Availability Cloud Replication Management Appliance
  • vCloud Availability Cloud Replicator Appliance(s)
  • vCloud Availability Cloud Tunnel Appliance

Procedure

  1. Log in to the management interface of the vCloud Availability Cloud Replication Management Appliance.
    1. In a Web browser go to https://Appliance-IP-Address/ui/admin.
    2. Select Appliance login or SSO login and enter the root or the single sign-on user credentials.
    3. Click Login.
  2. In the left pane, click Sites.
  3. On the Cloud sites page, click New Pairing.
  4. In the New Pairing window, configure the connection to the cloud site, and to initiate the trust between the two sites click Pair.
    Option Description
    Site name Provide an exact match of the remote cloud site name.
    Endpoint URL Enter the endpoint URL of the remote site.

    For example, https://remote-vcav.provider.com.

    Description Optionally provide a description for the cloud site pair.
  5. To complete the first half of the pair process, accept the remote vCloud Availability vApp Replication Manager SSL certificate.
    vCloud Availability initiates the trust between the two sites.
  6. To complete the pairing, log in to the remote cloud site and pair with the local site by repeating this procedure.
    vCloud Availability establishes the trust between the two sites.
  7. On the Cloud sites page, verify that the new cloud site is listed and does not show any errors.

What to do next

You can configure new replications, after modifying the default replication policy for both the source and for the destination organization to allow replications. Alternatively, a custom replication policy that is assigned to the source and to the destination organizations must allow replications. For information about the replication policy, see Configuring Replication Policies in Using vCloud Availability.