With Configure Replication workflows in vSphere Replication plug-in, you can configure replication for virtual machines between the local site and remote vCenter Server or cloud sites.

When you configure a virtual machine for replication, vSphere Replication starts an initial configuration task during which a replica virtual machine is created on the target site, and data synchronization occurs between the source and the target site. You can set multiple point in time (MPIT) instances in the recovery settings of the selected workflow. vSphere Replication retains a maximum of 24 of snapshot instances of the virtual machine on the target site.

You can configure replications for powered-off virtual machines, but the data synchronization begins when the virtual machine is powered on. When the source virtual machine is powered off, the replication appears in Not active status.