The vSphere Replication appliance contains a vSphere Replication server. If you deploy additional vSphere Replication servers, the server settings are established during deployment. You can modify the settings after you deploy the server.

A vSphere Replication server does not require additional configuration through the VRMS Appliance Management Interface after deployment. To increase security, you can change the root password of the vSphere Replication server and install a new certificate. You can use a self-signed certificate, which provides public-key based encryption and authentication, however it does not provide the level of assurance offered when you use a certificate signed by a certificate authority.

You can also reconfigure the network settings for the vSphere Replication server virtual appliance.

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.

Prerequisites

Verify that the additional vSphere Replication server is powered on.

Procedure

  1. Use a supported browser to log in to the VRMS Appliance Management Interface of the additional vSphere Replication Server that you deployed.
    The URL for the VRMS Appliance Management Interface is https:// vr-server-address:5480.

    Use the root password that you set when you deployed the vSphere Replication server.

  2. (Optional) Click Certificates, then click Change.
  3. (Optional) Select a certificate type.
    Menu item Description
    Generate a self-signed certificate Use an automatically generated certificate.
    1. Enter text values for your organization and organization unit, typically your company name, and the name of your group in the company.
    2. Accept the default FQDN and IP values.
    Note: Using self-signed certificate is not recommended for production environments.
    Use a PKCS #12 certificate file Use a custom certificate.
    1. Click Browse, navigate to the certificate file, and click Open. The certificate file must contain exactly one certificate with exactly one private key matching the certificate.
    2. (Optional) Enter the optional private key encryption password.
    Use a CA-signed certificate generated from CSR Use a CA-signed certificate generated from a CSR.
    1. In the Certificate file row, click Browse, navigate to the certificate file, and click Open.
    2. (Optional) In the CA chain row, click Browse, navigate to the CA chain, and click Open.
  4. (Optional) Click Change.
  5. (Optional) To change the password for the vSphere Replication server, click Access and then VRMS appliance password > Change.
  6. (Optional) To change the network settings, click Networking, and then Edit.
  7. (Optional) Configure the DNS settings in the Hostname and DNS pane.
    Menu Item Description
    Obtain DNS settings automatically Obtains the DNS settings automatically from the network.
    Enter DNS settings manually Uses the DNS address settings that you set manually. If you select this option, you must provide the IP addresses for a primary and a secondary DNS server.
  8. (Optional) In the eth0 pane, select the IPv4 or theIPv6 protocol type and configure the IP address settings.
    • Configure the IPv4 address settings.
      Option Description
      Obtain IPv4 settings automatically Obtains the IP address for the appliance from the network.
      Enter IPv4 settings manually Uses an IPv4 address that you set manually.
      1. Enter the IPv4 address
      2. Enter subnet prefix length.
      3. Enter the default IPv4 gateway.
    • Configure the IPv6 address settings.
      Option Description
      Obtain IPv6 settings automatically using DHCP Assigns IPv6 addresses to the appliance from the network by using DHCP.
      Note: To apply this setting, you must restart the vSphere Replication Appliance.
      Obtain IPv6 settings automatically using router advertisement Assigns IPv6 addresses to the appliance from the network by using router advertisement.
      Use static IPv6 addresses Uses static IPv6 addresses that you set up manually.
      1. Enter the IPv6 address and the subnet prefix length in the address box.
      2. To enter additional IPv6 addresses, click Add.
      3. Enter the default IPv6 gateway.
  9. (Optional) Click Save.
    Note: After the IP address of the vSphere Replication server on the target site changes, you must manually reconfigure replications on the source site to point to the new IP address.
  10. (Optional) To restart the vSphere Replication service, click Services > hms > Restart.
  11. (Optional) To reboot the vSphere Replication server appliance, click Summary and click Restart.