Installing vSphere Replication

It’s time to install vSphere Replication. The appliance first and then the VR management server. I’ll abbreviate the appliance to VRA and the server to VRS.

Click on Deploy VR Appliance to start deploying the VRA. The installer presents the following dialog box, click Ok to get going.

deployVR_step1

Accept the information message that shows up next.

deployVR_step2

Give your VRA a name, I called it ProdVR

deployVR_step3

Choose the cluster you wish to chuck it on

deployVR_step4

Choose the appropriate LUN you wish the VRA to be on, LUN3 in my case

deployVR_step5

Choose the kind of disk you want the VRA to have. I left it at the default.

deployVR_step6

Choose the mapping appropriately in the next step. For this demo I have the VM’s on the same vSwitch as the management network.

deployVR_step7

Put in the appropriate IP’s in the next step

deployVR_step8

Accept the default vCenter Extension vService

deployVR_step9

and the VRA begins to deploy

deployVR_step10

Perform the exact same steps on the other site and when done, click on Configure VR Connection

Configure VR connection

On successful pairing, you’ll be presented with the following box

config connection

Wait for a minute or two and the screen should turn into this

after pairing

Choose to Deploy the VR server next

deployVRserver1

You’ll see a few events/tasks show up in vCenter

deployVRserver2

Successful deployment of the VRS will present the following screen

deployVRserver3_success

(you may notice a slight change in the names of the VRA and the VRS, I rebuilt my lab because of a problem with hardware (unrelated to this))

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