vSphere Replication is used to replicate virtual machines from one site to another or within the same site. So according to your requirements you have to configure site pair. In this post we will see on how to configure site pair in vSphere Replication.
Site Pair functionality is pairing one site to another or you can say DC to DR site. So that you can configure vm replication from one site to another. Site Pairing is mandatory for vSphere Replication. You also must have vSphere Replication appliance installed on the remote site. Local site is where within same datacenter you want to replicate your virtual machines but remote site is where your virtual machines will be replicated from primary datacenter to remote datacenter or remote facility location.
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vSphere Replication has following requirements for site:
- Ensure that each site has at least one data center.
- Ensure that the remote site has hardware, network, and storage resources that can support the same virtual machines and workloads as the local site.
- Ensure that the sites are connected by a reliable IP network.
- Ensure that the remote site accesses networks (public and private) comparable to the ones on the local site. It is not necessary for them to be in the same range of network addresses.
So let’s configure Site Pair in vSphere Replication:
Login to vCenter Server.
Go to Site Recovery.
Select Open Site Recovery.
You will see Site Recovery wizard is opened in the new browser tab.
Since we don’t have any site configure it is showing nothing.
Click on “NEW SITE PAIR”.
Select your local vCenter Server first.
Select the Pair type, For remote site with different SSO domain select the first option.
Click Next to continue.
Provide the remote vCenter Server details which you want to pair.
Click Find vCenter Server Instances.
You will see the vCenter Server listed below.
Select vCenter Server & Click Next.
Select the vSphere Replication Service & click Next.
Review the site pairing details & click Finish to save & exit.
You can see that your Site is paired with the DR site which you have provided.
Click View details.
Here you can see your Primary & Secondary site details & status.
If you want to reconnect or break site pair you can do it from here.
That’s it, Using this way you can configure site pair in vSphere Replication. Site Pairing is the first step towards configuring vm replication. Once you have paired your DC site with DR site you can configure VM replication.
In order to configure Site Pair you must have vSphere Replication deployed at both the locations.
Note: In this post we have used vSphere Replication Appliance 8.5. If you are using different version few steps may differ.
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