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Compatibility Matrices for vSphere Replication 8.1

The Compatibility Matrices for vSphere Replication 8.1 describe the compatibility between vSphere Replication 8.1 and platform components, VMware solutions, database software, and guest operating systems. Interoperability details for vSphere Replication can be found in the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices. The present pages describe how to use that tool to find the relevant information. 

Where the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices does not provide information relating to vSphere Replication, this information is listed here.

General Information   

vSphere Editions

The license for vSphere Replication 8.1 is included in the following editions of vSphere

 

vSphere Edition

vSphere Replication 8.1

vSphere Essentials NO
vSphere Essentials Plus YES
vSphere Standard YES
vSphere Enterprise YES
vSphere Enterprise Plus YES
vSphere Desktop YES

Upgrade Path

You can perform in-place upgrades of existing vSphere Replication installations to certain newer versions.

For the most up to date supported upgrade paths for vSphere Replication, check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.

  1. Click Upgrade Path.
  2. From the Select a Solution menu, select VMware vSphere Replication.

Platform Components

For the most up to date ESXi and vCenter Server interoperability, for vSphere Replication 8.1, check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.

For the supported versions of vSAN, see KB 2150753.

For vCenter Server to vCenter Server replications, the version of the vSphere Replication Management server on the source and the target site must match.

Interoperability with VMware Solutions

For the most up to date information on the interoperability of vSphere Replication with VMware solutions, check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.

Supported Database Software

For the most up to date information on the databases that vSphere Replication 8.1 supports, check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.

  1. Select Solution/Database Interoperability.
  2. From the Select a Solution menu, select VMware vSphere Replication.
  3. For Version, select 8.1, an update release, or leave it blank to see the full list of releases.
  4. For Add Database, select one of the following options:
    1. To see the full list of supported database editions, versions, and service packs, select Any.
    2. To check whether a specific database edition or version is supported, select that database. For example, select Oracle 11g Standard Edition, Release 2 [11.2.0.1]- 64-bit.

Guest Operating System Support

vSphere Replication 8.1 supports the protection and recovery of virtual machines that run all of the guest operating systems that vSphere 6.0 Update 3,  vSphere 6.5, vSphere 6.5 Update 1 and vSphere 6.7  support.

NOTE: If support for a guest operating system has been added in an update release of ESXi Server and vSphere Replication, to protect virtual machines that run those operating systems you must update ESXi Server to the corresponding update release as well as updating vSphere Replication. You must update ESXi Server on both the source and target sites.

For the full list of guest operating systems that vSphere 6.0 Update 3,  vSphere 6.5, vSphere 6.5 Update 1, and vSphere 6.7 support, check the online VMware Compatibility Guide.

  1. Go to http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=software.
  2. Select Guest OS from the drop-down menu.
  3. For Product Name select ESXi.
  4. For Product Release Version select ESXi nwhere n is a release of ESXi that vSphere 6.0 Update 3,  vSphere 6.5, vSphere 6.5 Update 1, or vSphere 6.7 support.
  5. To see all the supported versions of guest operating systems from an operating system vendor:
    1. For OS Family Name, select All.
    2. For OS Vendor, select the operating system vendor. For example, select Red Hat.
  6. To check which updates of a particular operating system is supported:
    1. For OS Family Name, select the operating system. For example, select Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0.
    2. For OS Vendor, select All.
  7. Click Update and View Results.

Guest OS Quiescing Support

VSS Quiescing Support

Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) quiescing is supported for virtual machines running Windows Server 2003, XP, or later versions of Windows. vSphere Replication does not support quiescing for earlier versions of Windows, such as Windows 2000. The quiescing option is unavailable for unsupported operating systems.

NOTE: vSphere Replication 8.1 does not support VSS quiescing on Virtual Volumes.

When you enable quiescing, vSphere Replication first attempts application level quiescing. If application level quiescing fails, vSphere Replication attempts file-system level quiescing.

Operating System

Application Quiescing

File System Quiescing

Windows Server 2003

Discontinued support

YES

Windows Server 2008

YES *

YES

Windows Server 2008 R2

YES *

YES

Windows Server 2008 R2_x64

YES *

YES

Windows Server 2012

YES *

YES

Windows Server 2012 R2

YES *

YES

Windows Server 2016

YES

YES

Windows Vista

NO

YES

Windows 7

NO

YES

Windows 8

NO

YES

Windows 10

NO

YES

* vSphere Replication performs application quiescing on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 by creating a snapshot of the virtual machine. See Windows and Linux Implementations for Windows Server 2008 and 2012 limitations.

  • The virtual machine must be running on a 6.0 Update 3 or later host.
  • The UUID attribute must be enabled. It is enabled by default for virtual machines created on 4.1 or later. For details on enabling this attribute, see Enable Windows 2008 Virtual Machine Application Consistent Quiescing in Windows and Linux Implementations.
  • The virtual machine must use SCSI disks only and have the same number of free SCSI slots as the number of disks. Application-consistent quiescing is not supported for virtual machines with IDE or SATA disks.
  • The virtual machine must not use dynamic disks.

Linux Quiescing Support

To enable the quiescing of virtual machines that run Linux guest OS, install the latest version of VMware Tools on each Linux machine that you plan to replicate.

NOTE: vSphere Replication 8.1 supports quiescing for Linux guest OS only for virtual machines that run on ESXi 6.0 Update 3 hosts or later.

Operating System

Application Quiescing

File System Quiescing

SLES 11 Service Pack 2

NO

YES

SLES 11 Service Pack 3

NO

YES

SLES 12

NO

YES

RHEL 5.5

NO

YES

RHEL 5.9

NO

YES

RHEL 6.4

NO

YES

RHEL 7.0

NO

YES

RHEL 7.1

NO

YES

RHEL 7.2

NO

YES

 

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