vSphere Replication

How to Configure VM Replication in vSphere Replication Step by Step

Configure VM Replication in vSphere Replication

VMware vSphere Replication is a hypervisor-based, asynchronous replication solution for vSphere virtual machines. vSphere Replication allows you to easily replicate virtual machines whether it is production critical or any within same vCenter locally as well as to your DR Site.  Which provides protection in case of any failure. In this post we will see on How to configure VM Replication in vSphere Replication Step by Step.

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VM Replication is a way to protect vm in case of failure where your virtual machine will be replicated at DR site & which will have exact same data. So that in case your datacenter goes down due to any circumstances you can easily recover your virtual machine from DR site. vSphere Replication does not have any license limit of VM replication.

If you haven’t installed vSphere Replication Appliance, Check below link:

How to Install vSphere Replication Appliance Step by Step ?

So let’s see how to configure VM replication in vSphere Replication Step by Step:

Step 1:
Login to vCenter Server.
Go to Site Recovery & Open Site Recovery.
You will see below Home page.

configure site pair in vsphere replication

Step 2:
Go to Replications Tab.
Here you will see Outgoing & Incoming Replication of virtual machines.
Click on the New to configure VM replication.

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Step 3:
If you have multiple vSphere Replication servers you can select it from here.
Otherwise you can keep default settings.
Click Next.

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Step 4:
You will see the all virtual machines in your vCenter Server.
Select the VM which you want to replicate & click Next.

vm replication in vsphere replication

Step 5:
You need to configure Target datastore for VM Replication.
You can also change Disk format & VM Storage Policy if required.
Click Next to continue.

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Step 6:
You can configure various replication settings for your VM.
You can set RPO from as low as 5 minutes to maximum 24 hours.
You can also configure additional settings if required.
Click Next.

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Step 7:
Review the VM replication settings & click Finish to save.

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Once you click Finish you will see the VM Replication has started.

vm replication in vsphere replication

You can expand the VM Replication to view the details of it.

vm replication in vsphere replication

Once Replication is completed you will see status as OK. From here you can Reconfigure, Pause & Remove any VM replication you want. Using Sync Now you can start VM replication manually which will replicate all the recently changed data. VM Replication will take some time to complete based on various factors such as VM size, Network bandwidth etc.

Using this way you can easily configure VM Replication in vSphere Replication. So that in case if any disaster occurs at your DC site you can easily recover your VM from DR site or Remote site.

Note: In this post we have used vSphere Replication Appliance 8.5. If you are using different version few steps may differ.

Checkout our posts on vSphere Replication:

Why vSphere Replication is must have solution for SDDC ?

How to Install vSphere Replication Appliance Step by Step ?

How to Configure vSphere Replication Appliance Step by Step ?

How to Configure Site Pair in vSphere Replication Step by Step ?

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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