Zerto Virtual Replication Manager (ZVM) 3.1 Install

I have installed Zerto in my home lab and setup replication from one cluster to another to demo a DR scenario.  Below is the step-by-step install for a Zerto Virtual Replication Manager (ZVM) Express Setup. 

My Home Lab Setup


  • 2 Desktop Cases
  • 2 Intel i5 Processors (1 per host)
  • 16GB Memory per host
  • 3 1GB nics per host (1 for Management, 1 for vMotion and FT, and 1 for iSCSI)
  • HP 1810 8 port managed switch
  • Synology DS 413j with 4 2TB disks with Raid 1/0


  • Prod and DR Cluster
  • 1 host per cluster with vSphere 5.5
  • 1 Domain Controller (08R2) per site
  • 1 vCenter Virtual Appliance (5.5) per site
  • 1 Zerto Virtual Manager Sever and Zerto Virtual Replicator Per site.
  • 1 Windows 7 and XP VM per site

Zerto Requirements and Pre-installation

  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 or higher up to Windows Server 2012R2.  I recommend a 64-bit OS
  • 2 CPUs and 4GB RAM
  • Microsoft .net 4.0 and higher
  • At least 2GB of free disk space
  • Of course there is several Windows Firewall settings.  Refer to “Zerto Virtual Manager Installation and Initial Configuration Guide”.
  • Download Installer form Zero.


  1.  Launch the Zerto Virtual Replication installer


  1. Accept the license Agreement


    3. Select the destination for the install files


  1. Express Install


    5. vCenter Server and Site Connectivity


  1. Checks Prerequisites


  1. Finish


  1. Login and get Started


As you can see the initial setup for the ZVM is as simple as it gets.  I will go over Zerto Replication Appliances (VRA) deployment as well as Replication in my next blog post.  Refer to Zerto.com for any additional information.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery (DR) is the process, policies and procedures that are related to preparing for recovery of a technology infrastructure which are necessary to an organization after a natural or human-created disaster.  Look, we all know what DR is.  I’m not going to bore you with any kind of facts or speeches of how to properly deploy DR.  Every situation in every datacenter is different.  The ultimate goal is to get the datacenter up and running, as well as to sustain data integrity in the event of a disaster.  Everyone knows the importance of DR and how it can affect the bottom line if you are down for an extended period of time.

The next few blog posts I am going to do a series on DR and some of the technologies used to get DR working as fast as possible, but at the same time keep data integrity.  I will be setting these up in my home lab and going over my experience with some of these technologies that I have deployed in real-life datacenters.

• Zerto
• VMware SRM with vSphere Replication
• VMware SRM with Recover Point
• Veeam (possibly)

Also, the hope is I will be able to work on some cloud technologies in a DR scenario as well since that seems to be the way of immediate future.  I’m not going to try and sell you one way or the other, or bash one technology or anything like that.  My goal is just to demo these products and help you decide for yourself what is best.  I hope these blogs will be informative and help you decide what the appropriate DR solution for your datacenter is.


The purpose of this blog is for me to share my experiences with the many technologies that I have worked with in the past or currently working with in my everyday life.  I will be posting “How to” install documents in order to help out fellow Engineers in the field.  I have no biased towards any particular technology, only the ones that work and work well.  One of the great things about technology is that it can make everyday life easier.  I consider myself more of a Datacenter person more or less because of VMware and SAN technology.

I currently work for a VAR (Value Added Reseller) that is an EMC, Cisco, VMware and Citrix partner as well as a few other technologies.  I am currently a VCP5-DCA working towards a VCAP as well as working toward an EMCIE Specialist in Recover Point and VNX.