How to Configure Virtual Machine Replication in VMWare vSphere Replication 8.3.0

 How to Configure Virtual Machine Replication in VMWare vSphere Replication 8.3.0

I have deployed one VM SRV16 in production VCenter.

Right click on VM SRV16-> Select all site recovery actin -> Configure recovery configuration 

Select Target site and Replication server or click on Auto-assign vSphere Replication server

Click next

Select VM that you want to replicate

Select shared disk and change disk format to thin provision

Click next

Click finish

Now newly added VM SRV16 has added in outgoing replication

SRV16 was powered off, need to power on for replication.

Select the VM from list and click sync now.

Now Sync is completed.

Now go to target vCenter you will see the VM folder and disk has replicated in target storage.

Now go to target vCenter -> select Datastore 

Click on Files to see the newly replicated VM.

vSphere Replication 8.3 installation and configuration step by step

 vSphere Replication 8.3 installation and configuration step by step

Use of vSphere Replication

How vSphere Replication work

First you need to down VMWare-vSphere_Replication-8.3.0-16284275 ISO from VMware site

Mount the ISO file in virtual media.

Login to vCenter server

Right click on any host or vCenter and select Deploy OVF template.

Click on Local file

Click upload files

Select highlighted files and click next


Select Next

Select ESXI host

Click next

Click accept and Next

Select CPU and click next

Select Shared Datastore and change disk format, in my case I am selecting Thin provision.

Click next and select Management network

Enter password:

Enter NTP servers:

Host Name:

Default Gateway:

Domain Name:

Management Network IP:

Subnet Mask:

Select vCenter extension vService

Click finish.

Now VM deployment will start.

Note-: Next screenshot I am referring of other VR VMs

I have deployed VR machines in both PRD and DR vCenter.

Production VR machine

DR VR machine

Now login to console using management VR IP and port 5480 

User Name: root

Password: *******

Click on Configuration page

Enter vCenter password

And click on Save and Restart Service

It will prompt for certificate, accept the certificate.

Do the same with both VR, once configuration will save successfully.

Login to vCenter click on shortcuts and you will see Site Recovery shortcut on both vCenters.

Click on Site Recovery

Click on open site recovery

Click on new site pair

Enter second vCenter details 

Below details is the second DR vCenter server.

Click next and accept the certificate.

It will detect the second vCenter server and VR, select both vCenter and VR and click next.

Click Finish

Now Replicated vCenter has been added.

vCenter server appliance 7.0 installation step by step - vCSA7.0

 VCSA 7.0 installation steps

VMware has released vSphere Version 7.0, In this post we shall share some important information about new vCenter Server 7.0 and the steps to deploy the vCenter 7.0 appliance.

vSphere 7.0 has launched with some enhancements that you need to know before installation or upgradation.

Removal of vCenter Server for Windows Support

Now you can’t install vCenter server on Windows OS.

Removal of External Platform Services Controller

All PSC services have been consolidated into vCenter Server.

Deprecation of Image-Based Backup and Restore Support for vCenter Server

Image-based backup and restore for vCenter Server is deprecated in vCenter Server 7.0


vCenter Server appliance package contains the following software:

Embedded PSC

Photon OS 3.0

The vSphere authentication services


VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager Extension

VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manage

To install vCenter 7.0 you need to build once ESXI host 6.5 or later with minimum 100GB storage, 16GB RAM and 4 cores CPU.

12GB memory and 2 cores CPU required for vCenter.

Register vCenter FQDN in DNS

Mount ISO file to virtual drive

Go to D:\vcsa-ui-installer\win32 (Replace the virtual drive letter)

Double click on installer

Click Install

Click next

Accept the license agreement and click next.

Enter ESXI host details



Click next

Click yes to accept certificate.

Enter vCenter VM name

And set root password minimum 8 character with standard keys

Note-: Make sure you have created DNS record for vCenter.

Select the deployment type, here in my Lab I am selecting Tiny

Select Enable Thin disk mode 

Click next

Select network types from the list

IP settings

Enter IP address

Enter Hostname

Enter subnet mask

Enter gateway

Click next once required details you update

Proceed for installation

Now stage 1 has completed

Click continue to start stage 2

Click next

Assign time sycn mode

SSH access Enabled/Disabled 

Click next

Create a new SSO domain

Enter the SSO domain in my Lab I am using vsphere.local  instead of domain.

Click next

Review the configuration and click finish

Click OK

Click Finish

Now installation has completed successfully 

Click on https:// ******** link to open console

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