vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Tutorial 1: Pre-Requisites

Before using vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery, check that the vSphere Replication Appliance is correctly installed and configured in your local site:

  • Install the correct version of the vSphere Replication Appliance – either 5.6 or 5.8. You can get the appliance from MyVMware Downloads.
  • During the import process, create a vSphere Network Protocol Profile.
  • Also during the import process, register the vSphere Replication Appliance with vCenter.

This tutorial shows you how to verify that the vSphere Replication Appliance was imported and registered properly.

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1. Verify Settings for the vSphere Replication Appliance


To verify that the vSphere Replication Appliance is configured correctly:

  1. After the import process completes, log in to the vSphere Replication Appliance.



  2. On the VR tab, click Configuration and verify the host, site and vCenter information.



  3. In the same window, scroll down to Service Status and verify that the VRM service is running.



    Note: You can manually configure the vSphere Replication Appliance to use SQL Server or Oracle for the databases. In this example, the embedded database is used.



  4. Still on the VR tab, move to Security and change your password as prompted.



  5. Go to the Update tab and click Settings. If desired, change the frequency so that the vSphere Replication Appliance gets updates like any standard VMware appliance.



  6. Go to the System tab, click Time Zone, and verify that the setting matches the environment.
  • This setting is important to make sure nothing is out of sync from a time perspective.


2. Access the Appliance in the vSphere Web Client


To verify that the vSphere Replication Appliance is correctly configured and accessible in the vSphere Web Client:

  1. On the Home tab, click the vSphere Replication icon.



  2. Click the vCenter Server that has replication enabled, and then click Monitor.
  • In this example, the vCenter Server is vchstm-vca01.




3. On the Monitor tab, click vSphere Replication and note that there are not yet any outgoing or incoming replications. However, the configuration is correct and ready for use.



4. Go to the Manage tab, click vSphere Replication, and then click Replication Servers. Note that the replication server has an IP address and is connected to the vCenter Replication Appliance.