vSphere Replication is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance.

You deploy the vSphere Replication appliance by using the standard vSphere OVF deployment wizard.

Note: vSphere Replication can be deployed with either IPv4 or IPv6 address. Mixing IP addresses, for example having a single appliance with an IPv4 and an IPv6 address, is not supported. To register as an extension, vSphere Replication relies on the VirtualCenter.FQDN property of the vCenter Server. When an IPv6 address is used for vSphere Replication, the VirtualCenter.FQDN property must be set to a fully qualified domain name that can be resolved to an IPv6 address or to a literal address. When operating with an IPv6 address, vSphere Replication requires that all components in the environment, such as vCenter Server and ESXi hosts are accessible using the IPv6 address.


Download the vSphere Replication installation package to a local directory or obtain its online URL.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client on the source site.
    If you use the HTML5-based vSphere Client to deploy the OVF virtual appliance, the deployment succeeds, but the vSphere Replication fails to start.
  2. Select vCenter > Hosts and Clusters.
  3. Right-click a host and select Deploy OVF template.
  4. Provide the location of the OVF file from which to deploy the vSphere Replication appliance, and click Next.
    • Select URL and provide the URL to deploy the appliance from an online URL.
    • Select Local file > Browse to locate the .ovf file if you downloaded the installation package to a local machine.
  5. Review the virtual appliance details and click Next.
  6. Accept the end user license agreements (EULA) and click Next.
  7. Accept the name, select or search for a destination folder or datacenter for the virtual appliance, and click Next.
    You can enter a new name for the virtual appliance. The name must be unique within each vCenter Server virtual machine folder.
  8. Select the number of vCPUs for the virtual appliance and click Next.
    Note: Selecting higher number of vCPUs ensures better performance of the vSphere Replication Management Server, but might slow down the replications that run on ESXi host systems that have 4 or less cores per NUMA node. If you are unsure what the hosts in your environment are, select 2 vCPUs.
  9. Select a cluster, host, or resource pool where you want to run the deployed template, and click Next.
  10. Select a destination datastore and disk format for the virtual appliance and click Next.
  11. Select a network from the list of available networks, set the IP protocol and IP allocation, and click Next.
    vSphere Replication supports both DHCP and static IP addresses. You can also change network settings by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) after installation.
  12. Set the password for the root account for the customized template, and click Next.
    The password must be at least eight characters long.
  13. Review the binding to the vCenter Extension vService and click Next.
  14. Review the settings, select the check box to power on the virtual appliance after deployment, and click Finish.
    The vSphere Replication appliance is deployed.
  15. Take a note of the IP address of the appliance, log out of the vSphere Web Client and close the browser.
  16. Repeat the procedure to deploy vSphere Replication on the target site.

What to do next

Register the vSphere Replication appliance with the SSO service.