Zerto Replication Appliance Deployment

This is Blog 2 of 5 on Zerto Replication. This blog will cover pairing 2 different sites as well as installing the Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA). This is needed for replicating VMs from one site to the other.

Recommend prerequisites for VRA
• Have the ZVM already installed at each site as well as have them paired
• 1 VRA per ESXi host at each site
• Have your network, IP addresses and storage ready

I would like to point out one of the cool features of Zerto, the VMware Plugin for the vSphere client. You can access Zerto without having to login through a Web Browser by selecting the Zerto Tab.  It is installed automatically after ZVM has been deployed.

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 Pairing the Sites

1. Once you are in Zerto go to the summary tab and select “Pair”

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2. Select the “Add New Site” in the upper right hand corner

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3. Add Site

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4. You will get a Green Check once it is complete. Then you will be able to see the DR site in the “Sites” tab as well as the “Topology” Tab.

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Installing the VRA
1. To begin replication you need to install a VRA at both sites. Select you ESXi host and then go to the “VRAs” tab and select “actions” and then “Install”.

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2. This is where you put in all of your settings for the VRA

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3. The VRA will initialize. The ZVM will deploy a virtual appliance with the settings you put in. Once the VRA is initialized you are finished.

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Lets Recap Zerto so far:
• We have installed the Zerto Virtual Replication Manager (ZVM) at both sites
• Paired the sites
• Installed the Zerto Replication Appliance (VRA) at both sites

The next blog will cover Virtual Protection Groups (VPG), which is the last step for setting up recovery with Zerto.

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