vSphere Replication is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance. You must deploy the appliance at both of the primary and secondary sites.

You deploy the vSphere Replication appliance by using the standard vSphere OVF deployment wizard.

You opted to install vSphere Replication when you installed Site Recovery Manager.

In the vSphere Client, go to Administration > vCenter Server Settings > Advanced Settings on the vCenter Server instance on which you are deploying vSphere Replication. Verify that the VirtualCenter.FQDN value is set to a fully-qualified domain name or a literal address.


Select vSphere Replication in the Site Recovery Manager interface.


Click Deploy the VR Appliance in the Getting Started tab.


Click OK to start the OVF wizard.


Click Next to deploy the OVF files from the default location.

After you install Site Recovery Manager, the vSphere Replication OVF file is found in the C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager\www folder.


Review the virtual appliance details and click Next.


Accept the default name and destination folder or provide a new name and folder for the virtual appliance, and click Next.


Select a destination datacenter, datastore, and disk format for the virtual appliance and click Next.


Provide a root password for the appliance, set the network properties, and click Next.

If you do not set network settings, the appliance uses DHCP. Set a static IP address for the appliance. You can also configure network settings by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI).


Review the binding to the vCenter Extension vService and click Next.


Select the check box to power on the virtual appliance after deployment and click Finish.

The vSphere Replication appliance is deployed.


Repeat the procedure to install vSphere Replication on the secondary site.

vSphere Replication is ready for use immediately after you deploy the appliance. No manual configuration or registration is required.

Perform optional reconfiguration of the vSphere Replication appliance by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI). You can install a certificate, change the appliance root password, change the trust policy, or configure vSphere Replication to use an external database.