VMware vSphere Replication Install with SRM

This is Blog 4 on VMware Site Recover Manager.  This post will cover installing vSphere Replication.  At this point we have installed SRM, connected the sites and mapped all necessary resources.

Current Progress

  • Prod and DR Cluster
  • 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
  • SRM servers paired together
  • Resources Mappings, Folder Mappings, network Mappings and Placeholder Datastores have been configured

vSphere Replication Install

Open up your vSphere client a the Production Site and go to SRM under the Solutions and Applications TabSRM4-1

Go to the vSphere Replication Tab


Begin Deploying the VR Appliance


OVF will begin Installing


The location of the file will already be selected.  No need to browse.


Details of the OVF Template


Name and Location of the Virtual Appliance


Cluster Location


Specify a Host.  You are going to want to deploy multiple vSphere Virtual Appliances in the cluster.


Storage of where you want to Virtual Appliance to reside on


Disk Format


 Application Setup.  You need to setup a Root Password, Embedded Database, and Networking Properties.


Configure Service Bindings.  You need to bind the Appliance to vCenter Extension vService.


Complete the Virtual Appliance Deployment.  Once you have completed the Production side you need to go through the same process at DR before continuing.


Once you have installed the Virtual Appliances at each site you need to Configure the VR Connection between the Sites.


Configure the Connection




At this point vSphere Replication has been installed and you are ready to start protecting your VMs.  The next blog will cover how to begin the Replication Process.


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