To use vSphere Replication between two sites managed by different vCenter Server instances, you need to configure a connection between the two vSphere Replication appliances.

You can complete this process on either site on which you have installed a vSphere Replication appliance. If you are using an untrusted certificate, certificate warnings might appear during the process.

You can also configure connection between the two sites when you configure a replication.

Alternatively, you can use vSphere Replication to replicate virtual machines between different ESXi hosts that the same vCenter Server manages. In this case, you deploy only one vSphere Replication appliance and you do not need to connect the source and target sites.



  1. Click vSphere Replication on the Home tab of the vSphere Web Client.
  2. Click the Home tab.
  3. In the Local sites pane, click the name of the site on the source site.
  4. Right-click the site in the left pane, select All vSphere Replication Actions > Connect to target site, type the IP address or name of the remote site vCenter Server and the username and password for the target site.
    Option Description
    To select an existing target site Click Select a target site and select a site from the list.
    To configure a new remote site Click Connect to remote site and type the IP address or name of the remote site vCenter Server, and provide the user name and password for the target site.
  5. Click OK.