How to Deploy, Install and Configure vSphere Replication 6.5.1


The following post will explain you the step by step procedure of Installation and configuration of vSphere Replication 6.5.1.

Pre-Installation check:

  • Download the ISO image from myvmware.com/softwares/downloads
  • Before starting the implementation of vSphere replication, please check the compatibility of the other vSphere features, solutions and platforms from “VMware Product Interoperability Matrices” https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php
  • Based on the compatibility matrix, consider to upgrade or install the other solutions before proceeding with vSphere Replication.
  • Check whether enough resources are available in your environment to deploy “vSphere Replication Appliance”.
  • Un-register if there is any old replication appliance was used with the vCenter, follow the steps from my previous post “Un-register vSphere Replication from vCenter” to do the same.
  • Verify and check whether DNS resolves FQDN of both source and target vCenters or update the host entries in /etc/hosts file in vCenter servers (VCSA).

This vSphere Replication installation and configuration has three stages with multiple steps in each stage:

  • “Deploy the vSphere Replication Virtual Appliance” from OVF
  • “Register the vSphere Replication Appliance with vCenter Single Sign-On” using VAMI
  • “Configure vSphere Replication Connections” between source and target sites.

Stage1: Deploy the vSphere Replication Virtual Appliance

vSphere Replication is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance. Mount or Extract vSphere Replication Appliance ISO to a folder and verify the files. Deploy the vSphere Replication appliance by using the standard vSphere OVF deployment wizard.

  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client on the source site, Select vCenter > Hosts and Clusters. Right-click a host and select Deploy OVF template. 
  2. Provide the location of the OVF file from which to deploy the vSphere Replication appliance, and click Next
  3. Select Local file > Browse and navigate to the \bin directory in the ISO image folder (\VMware-vSphere_Replication-6.5.1-7184801\bin) and select the ovf, vSphere_Replication-system.vmdk, vSphere_Replication-support.vmdk, vSphere_Replication_OVF10.cert, and vSphere_Replication_OVF10.mf files. 
  4. Accept the name, select or search for a destination folder or datacenter for the virtual appliance, and click Next. (You can enter a new name for the virtual appliance. The name must be unique within each vCenter Server virtual machine folder). 
  5. Select a cluster, host, or resource pool where you want to run the deployed template, and click Next.
  6. Review the virtual appliance details and click Next
  7. Accept the end user license agreements (EULA) and click Next.
  8. Select the number of vCPUs for the virtual appliance and click Next
  9. Select a destination datastore and disk format for the virtual appliance and click Next
  10. Select a network from the list of available networks, set the IP protocol and IP allocation, and click Next. (We have selected ‘static-Manual’ and ‘IPv4’ option. vSphere Replication supports both DHCP and static IP addresses. You can also change network settings by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) after installation). 
  11. Enter the network properties “DNS servers, Domain name, Gateway, Netmask, DNS search path, management Network IP Address, and NTP servers”. Set the password for the root account for the customized template, and click Next. (The password must be at least eight characters long). 
  12. Review the binding to the vCenter Extension vService and click Next
  13. Review the settings and click Finish. (The vSphere Replication appliance is deployed). 
  14. Power on the vSphere Replication appliance. Take a note of the IP address of the appliance if configured with DHCP.
  15. Repeat the procedure to deploy vSphere Replication on the target site.

Stage2: Register the vSphere Replication Appliance with vCenter Single Sign-On

  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. Type the root user name and password for the appliance. (You configured the root password during the OVF deployment of the vSphere Replication appliance).
  3. Click the Configuration
  4. In the LookupService Address text box, enter the IP address or domain name of the server where the lookup service runs.
  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. Accept and confirm SSL certificate. 
  7. vSphere Replication appears on the Home tab in the vSphere Web Client.
  8. Repeat the procedure to register vSphere Replication on the target site.

Stage3: Configure vSphere Replication Connections

  1. Click vSphere Replication in the Navigator tree of the vSphere Web Client. Under vSphere Replication, click the Home Click Manage
  2. Click Target Sites, and click the Connect to target site
  3. Select a target site Connect to a remote site. Provide the remote site details like PSC/vCenter address and enter SSO credentials. Click login to connect. Select the remote site to which you want to connect, and click OK
  4. You can check the status as “Connected”. The connection between the source site and the target site is working properly. 

Verify the connections in Target site and status. Start using vSphere replication and replicate/protect your virtual machines….






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