After a virtual machine is imported in vCloud Director, you can use replication seeds to configure a replication to cloud.


Verify that the virtual machine is successfully imported into vCloud Director.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client Home page, click VMs and Templates.
  2. In the inventory tree, right-click the virtual machine and select All vSphere Replication Actions > Configure Replication.

    The Configure Replication wizard opens.

  3. Select Replicate to a cloud provider and click Next.
  4. Select the target site to which you want to replicate the virtual machine.
  5. On the Target location page, select where to store replication data.
  6. Select Use replication seeds
  7. Click Next to navigate to the list of available seed vApps on the target site.
  8. Select the seed vApp from the list and click Next.

    If you remove a disk from a replication source virtual machine, the seed disk is not deleted from the datastore on the target site.

  9. On the Replication options page, select the quiescing method for the guest OS of the source virtual machine.

    Quiescing options are available only for VMs that support quiescing.

  10. Select Enable network compression for VR data.

    Compressing the replication data that is transferred through the network saves network bandwidth and might help reduce the amount of buffer memory used on the vSphere Replication Server. However, compressing and decompressing data requires more CPU resources on both the source site and the server that manages the target datastore.

  11. On the Recovery settings page, use the RPO slider or the time spinners to set the acceptable period for which data can be lost when a site failure.

    The available RPO range is from 15 minutes to 24 hours.

  12. To save multiple replication instances that can be converted to snapshots of the source virtual machine during recovery, select Enable in the Point in time instances pane, and adjust the number of instances to keep.

    You can keep up to 24 instances for a virtual machine. This means that if you configure vSphere Replication to keep 6 replication instances per day, the maximum number of days you can set is 4 days.

    The number of replication instances that vSphere Replication keeps depends on the configured retention policy, and requires that the RPO period is short enough for these instances to be created. Because vSphere Replication does not check whether the RPO settings will create enough instances to keep, and does not display a warning message if the number of instances is not sufficient, you must ensure that you set vSphere Replication to create the instances that you want to keep. For example, if you set vSphere Replication to keep 6 replication instances per day, the RPO period must not exceed 4 hours, so that vSphere Replication can create 6 instances in 24 hours.

  13. Click Next.
  14. On the Ready to complete page, review the replication settings, and click Finish.


A virtual machine configuration task appears in the Recent Tasks list at the bottom of the vSphere Web Client. A progress bar indicates that the source virtual machine is being configured for replication.

If the configuration operation finishes successfully, the replication task that you created appears in the list of outgoing replications on the vSphere Replication tab under Monitor.


If the replication source virtual machine is powered off, the replication remains in a Not Active state until you power on the virtual machine.