To use a replication seed for configuring a replication, you must export a virtual machine to removable media and provide it to your service provider.


  • Verify that you have sufficient user privileges in the vSphere Web Client to power off a virtual machine.

  • Verify that you have the VMware OVF Tool installed and configured.


  1. Power off the virtual machine on the protected side by using the vSphere Web Client.
  2. Run the following command to export the virtual machine from a vCenter Server to a removable media.

    ovftool 'vi://root@VC_IP/Datacenter_Name/vm/VM_FQDN' VM_FQDN.ova

    You can power on the virtual machine, after the process finishes.

  3. Provide the removable media containing the exported virtual machine files to your service provider.