What is VMware vSphere Replication

VMware vSphere replication is a proprietary solution by VMware for data protection and disaster recovery of virtual machines. This is integrated with VMware vCenter Server, providing host-based, asynchronous replication of virtual machines.

Major use cases for vSpehere Replication are data center migration and disaster recovery.

Key benefits:

>It comes as virtual appliance so it is easy to deploy, minimizes cost and complexity.
>Independent of any operating system means you can protect virtual machines regardless of operating system (OS) and applications.
>It replicates the changes only, which improves efficiency and reduces network
utilization.
> You can manager Recovery point objectives (RPOs) range from 5 minutes to 24 hours and also configure on a per–virtual machine basis..
>Compatible with VMware vSAN, traditional SAN, NAS, DAS and local storage.
>Low downtime to recover the virtual machine on target site.
>It Supports for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and Linux file system quiescing improves reliability of recovered virtual machines.

Deployment and configuration:

vSphere Replication installation does not have much complicated steps. Its quite simple and easy. Before deploying appliance  ensure your vCenter should have either IPv4 or IPv6 because environment have both IPv4 and  IPv6 is not supported.

Also make sure you have VirtualCenter.FQDN value is set to a fully-qualified domain name or a literal address in advance setting.

1.vSphere Replication is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance.

2. Register the vSphere Replication Appliance with vCenter Single Sign-On

You must register the vSphere Replication Management Server with vCenter Single Sign-On on both the source and the target sites.

3. Configure vSphere Replication Connections

We will be covering above three topics separately in upcoming blog.

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