You must register the vSphere Replication Management Server with vCenter Single Sign-On on both the source and the target sites.

After you deploy the vSphere Replication appliance, you use the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) to register the endpoint and the certificate of the vSphere Replication Management Server with the vCenter Lookup Service, and to register the vSphere Replication solution user with the vCenter Single Sign-On administration server.

If you change the solution user or renew the solution user certificate at the remote site, you must perform a vSphere Replication reconnect. See Reconnect to a Remote Site.

If you do not register vSphere Replication with vCenter Single Sign-On on the target site, vSphere Replication cannot operate as expected. In addition, storage DRS does not detect the replicated data that vSphere Replication stores on the target site and might destroy it.


  • Verify that the vSphere Replication appliance is powered on.
  • Verify that you have administrator privileges to configure the vSphere Replication appliance.
  • Verify that the vSphere Replication management server is synchronized with the time of the Single Sign-On server.


  1. Use a supported browser to log in to the vSphere Replication VAMI.
    The URL for the VAMI is https:// vr-appliance-address:5480.
  2. Enter the root user name and password for the appliance.
    You configured the root password during the OVF deployment of the vSphere Replication appliance.
  3. On the VR tab, click Configuration.
  4. In the LookupService Address text box, enter the IP address or domain name of the server where the lookup service runs. The URL format is https://FQDN_or_IP:port/lookupservice/sdk.
  5. Enter the credentials of a user with administrator privileges to vCenter Single Sign-On.
    Initially, only the user administrator@vsphere.local has these privileges.
  6. Click Save and Restart Service.
  7. To register vSphere Replication on the target site, repeat the procedure.


Site Recovery appears on the Home tab of the vSphere Web Client or the vSphere Client.

What to do next

Note: If you registered the vSphere Replication appliance with vCenter Single Sign-On as part of the upgrade procedure, all existing connections will turn into Connection issue status. See Reconnect to a Remote Site.

If you competed this procedure as part of the installation process, you can configure connections between the source and target sites.

Perform an optional reconfiguration of the vSphere Replication appliance by using the VAMI. You can install a certificate, change the appliance root password, change the trust policy, or configure vSphere Replication to use an external database.