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


  • 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.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, start the OVF deployment wizard from Manage > vSphere Replication > Replication Servers.
  2. Browse for the vSphere_Replication_AddOn_OVF10.ovf file, select it, and click Next.
  3. Review the virtual appliance details and click Next.
  4. Follow the prompts to select a destination host, datastore, and disk format for the virtual appliance.
  5. Enter a password for the appliance that is at least eight characters long.
  6. Set the network properties. Select DHCP or set a static IP address.
    You can change network settings after deployment in the VAMI.
  7. Review your settings and select Power on after deployment to start the appliance immediately after deployment completes.
  8. Click Finish.

What to do next

When the OVF file has deployed, register the vSphere Replication server with the vSphere Replication appliance.