VMware Site Recovery Manager with vSphere Replication Version 5.5

I have installed VMware SRM with vSphere Replication in my home lab and setup replication from one cluster to another to demo a DR scenario.  I am going to do a series of blogs on installing SRM with vSphere Replication. Below is the step-by-step install for VMware SRM

My Home Lab Setup


  • 2 Desktop Cases
  • 2 Intel i5 Processors (1 per host)
  • 32GB Memory per host
  • 2 1GB nics per host (1 for Management and 1 for NFS)
  • 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 SRM server per site. SQL express is installed on the same server
  • 1 vSphere Replication Appliance per site
  • XP and 08R2 VM for replication

Site Recovery Manager 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
  • A SQL database is need for each SRM server. You can use a full version or SQL Express.  I would recommend putting the database on the same server as the vCenter Database if you do a full version.
  • An ODBC connection needs to be created to the SRM Database on the SRM server.
  • Several Windows Firewall settings. See the SRM Documentation for those settings.
  • SRM install file from VMware
  • vCenter already installed and working


Launch the Installation



Patents and License Agreements



Choose your destination for the program files


Install the vSphere Replication Option


Enter the vCenter information that SRM is connecting to.


Certificate Warning


Certificate Type for SRM


Certificate Generation


Site Installation information for SRM.  Take note of the Ports.


Database Configuration.  Use the ODBC that was setup.


Install and Complete!



At this point you have installed SRM.  You will need to do this at each site before continuing on to the next step.  The next blog will cover connecting the 2 sites as well as mapping all or your resources.

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