vSphere Replication | 17 OCT 2023 | Build 22602641 | Download

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VMware vSphere Replication is a minor product patch release that provides bug fixes. The content of the VMware vSphere Replication 8.8 Release Notes applies to this version as well.

What's New

VMware vSphere Replication Express Patch provides bug fixes.

Installation and Upgrade

For the supported upgrade paths for vSphere Replication, select Upgrade Path and VMware vSphere Replication in the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices.

You use the ISO file and the VRMS Appliance Management Interface to upgrade from vSphere Replication 8.6.x or 8.7.x to vSphere Replication 8.8.0.x.

Important: Before you initiate an upgrade, verify that the vSphere Replication appliance has an OVF environment, or context. See Checking and Restoring the OVF Context of the vSphere Replication Appliance (2106709).

See Upgrade Additional vSphere Replication Servers and Upgrade the vSphere Replication Appliance for the procedures on upgrading to vSphere Replication


  • When you use vSphere Replication with Site Recovery Manager, upgrade vSphere Replication on both of the protected and the recovery sites before you upgrade the Site Recovery Manager Server. After upgrading vSphere Replication, you must restart the Site Recovery Manager Server. For more information, see the VMware Site Recovery Manager Documentation.

Resolved Issues

  • New - Upgrade to vSphere Replication 8.8 fails with an error

    When you attempt to perform a chain upgrade from an earlier version of vSphere Replication, for example from version 8.3 to version 8.8, the upgrade might fail with an error.

    Operation Failed: Failed to install update.

    The logs located in /opt/vmware/var/log/vami/updatecli.log show the following:

    Error: Failed to synchronize cache for repo 'VMware Photon Linux 3.0 (x86_64)' from 'https://packages.vmware.com/photon/3.0/photon_release_3.0_x86_64'1. package xml-security-c-1.7.3-4.ph2.x86_64 requires libcrypto.so.1.0.0()(64bit), but none of the providers can be installed.

    Alternatively, vSphere Replication might fail to boot, displaying the following error:

    Loading Linux 4.19.182-2.ph3 ...

    error: file '/vmlinuz-4.19.182-2.ph3' not found.

    Loading initial ramdisk ...

    error: you need to load the kernel first.

    This issue is fixed in vSphere Replication

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