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.

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