SRM: How to Export Site Recovery Manager Configuration Step by Step

VMware provides the Export Import tool for the Site Recovery Manager 8.1. This tool can be easily used to export your site recovery manager configuration so that in case if something goes wrong with your site recovery manager configuration you can import the configuration easily with exported data. Exporting and Importing of data is very simple. It just requires few prerequisites which needs to be taken care. In this post we will see on How you can export the site recovery manager configuration and in the next post we will see on how to import site recovery manager configuration.

The tool supports the export of inventory mappings, recovery plans, protection groups, and the related objects into an XML file, and import from a previously exported file.

Below information can be exported using this tool:

  • Network Mappings
    • IP Customization Rules
  • Folder Mappings
  • Resource Mappings
  • Storage Policy Mappings
  • Placeholder Datastores
  • Site Recovery Manager Advanced Settings
  • Array Managers with SRA Information
  • Protection Group Folders
  • Protection Groups
    • VM Protection Properties
  • Recovery Plan Folders
  • Recovery Plans
    • Recovery Steps Callouts
    • VM Recovery Properties
      • Priority Groups for VMs
      • VM Dependencies
      • Shutdown Actions
      • Startup Actions
      • Callouts
      • IP Customization Settings


Prerequisite for Exporting Site Recovery Manager configuration:

  1. You must have Java 1.8.x or later installed.
  2. The JAVA_HOME environment variable must be properly configured. For example, JAVA_HOME = C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_152.
  3. Before you can export a configuration, you must have a site pair with Site Recovery Manager 8.1.x up and running on both the protected and the recovery site.
  4. Import is supported in a clean Site Recovery Manager 8.1.x installation, registered to the same vCenter Server instance or to a vCenter Server instance which contains exactly the same inventory.

For Setting up Java Path below are the steps:

Go to My Computer.
Go to Advance System Settings.
Go to Environment Variables.
Click New under system variables.

Add the Variable Name and Value , Click OK to save.

set java path

Download the Site Recovery Manager Import Export Tool from VMware Portal:

export srm configuration

Let’s see Now How to Export Site Recovery Manager configuration Step by Step:

Step 1:
Open the Command Prompt with Administrator privilege.
Go to the Directory where you have downloaded the SRM Export Import Tool.
As you can see in the below image we already downloaded the tool.

export srm configuration

Step 2:
Run the below command to export the configuration:

java -jar import-export-tool-8.1.0-8527244.jar export format

export srm configuration

Step 3:
Now we have to provide following data exporting:

  • Provide the IP Address of the Lookup Service.
  • Enter the Port No: if you have used default press Enter.
  • Accept the Certificate: By entering Y.
  • Enter the Username and Password for the Site Recovery Manager.
  • Select the Site Recovery Manager Instance.
  • Enter the Username and Password for the Site Recovery Manager Instance selected.

Once all the correct data is provided you can see that within few seconds all the export will be completed.

export srm configuration


Once Export is completed successfully, you can see that one xml file is created :

export srm configuration


That’s it, Using this way you can easily export site recovery manager configuration data easily with few steps. Make sure you have correct java version is installed which is required for the export import tool.

Note: This Utility we have tested with the Site Recovery Manager 8.1, It might not work or available with older versions.

Checkout Site Recovery Manager Deep Dive for Installation,Configuration and Recovery :

Site Recovery Manager Deep Dive

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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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