To finalize the configuration of a connection to the target site, you must specify the networks that the Disaster Recovery to Cloud service can use for tests and recovery operations.

When you subscribe to the Disaster Recovery to Cloud service, VMware automatically creates two default networks for your service - an isolated network and an external routed network. The Edge Gateway for the routed network has a public IP address on an external interface so that it is accessible through the Internet. You can use these networks for your virtual machines protected by the Disaster Recovery to Cloud service, or create other networks in your cloud organization.

When you run a test recovery, vSphere Replication configures the replicated virtual machine on the target site to connect to the test network. With the test recovery, you can access the target virtual machine and verify that it operates as expected and that data is replicated correctly per your replication settings.

The recovery network is used when you perform planned migrations and recovery operations. vSphere Replication configures the replicated virtual machine on the target site and connects it to the recovery network, so that you can have access.

Note:

Replicated virtual machines on the target virtual data center are attached to the network selected for recovery operations right after the replication is configured. Replica VM network settings are not changed during planned migration. This means that the recovered virtual machines in a target virtual data center are configured with the network that is initially selected when the replication is configured and not the one that is configured in the mappings.

A good practice is to run test recoveries in a separate network, although you can use the same network for all recovery workflows.

Note:

You can configure only one pair of networks for a cloud virtual data center.

Prerequisites

Verify that you created a connection to a cloud virtual data center. See Connect to a Cloud Provider Site.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client.
  2. On the home page, click Site Recovery and click Open Site Recovery.
  3. Click View Details for the connection to a cloud virtual data center that you want to configure.
  4. On the Site Pair tab, click Network Mappings.
  5. Select a local vCenter Server in the locality selector.
  6. Click Edit to select a recovery network and save your selection.

    The list displays only the networks that are configured for a vCloud Director based cloud.

  7. Click Edit to select a test network and save your selection.

    The list displays only the networks that are configured for a vCloud Director based cloud.

What to do next

When you test a replication or perform a recovery operation, the vCloud Director based cloud automatically attaches the virtual machine to the test or recovery network respectively.