If you installed vSphere Replication 1.0 as part of a previous Site Recovery Manager 5.0 installation, you must upgrade vSphere Replication to version 5.1.

If you upgrade Site Recovery Manager 5.0 to Site Recovery Manager 5.1, vSphere Replication is not upgraded automatically to vSphere Replication 5.1. You must upgrade vSphere Replication to vSphere Replication 5.1 as a separate process from upgrading Site Recovery Manager.

The quickest way to upgrade vSphere Replication is to use vSphere Update Manager. If you cannot use Update Manager, you can upgrade vSphere Replication by using the VAMI of the vSphere Replication management server and vSphere Replication server. Upgrading vSphere Replication by using the VAMI requires more steps than upgrading by using Update Manager.

vSphere Replication has no earlier releases as a standalone appliance. You might have installed an earlier version of vSphere Replication as part of a Site Recovery Manager installation.

vSphere Replication 1.0 was delivered with Site Recovery Manager 5.0.

vSphere Replication 1.0.1 was delivered with Site Recovery Manager 5.0.1.

You can upgrade vSphere Replication 1.0 and all 1.0.x versions to vSphere Replication 5.1. The upgrade preserves the configuration from the previous installation, including the database configuration, vSphere Replication site pairings, registered vSphere Replication servers, and configured replications.

In Site Recovery Manager 5.0 the vSphere Replication management server and the vSphere Replication server are separate appliances. In Site Recovery Manager 5.1 and vSphere Replication 5.1, vSphere Replication is a single appliance named the vSphere Replication appliance, that contains both the vSphere Replication management server and a vSphere Replication server.

The upgrade process upgrades the vSphere Replication management server from Site Recovery Manager 5.0 to the combined vSphere Replication 5.1 appliance. As a consequence, an upgraded installation of vSphere Replication uses the vSphere Replication server that is embedded in the combined appliance. If your infrastructure uses more than one vSphere Replication server, you must upgrade them to vSphere Replication 5.1 and reregister them with the vSphere Replication appliance.

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After you upgrade vSphere Replication, the port on which the vSphere Replication appliance publishes the VAMI changes from 8080 to 5480.

vSphere Replication 5.1 is also available as a standalone extension of vCenter Server, that is independent of Site Recovery Manager. If you installed the standalone version of vSphere Replication 5.1 and then install Site Recovery Manager 5.1, all existing pairings and replications are immediately accessible through the Site Recovery Manager user interface, except for pairings and replications in a single vCenter Server. Pairings and replications in a single vCenter Server are visible only in the vSphere Replication user interface.

Migration of the vSphere Replication database is not supported. If you upgrade vSphere Replication 5.1 to Site Recovery Manager 5.1, vSphere Replication uses the embedded database. The standalone version of vSphere Replication 5.1 and Site Recovery Manager 5.1 can coexist and work together in the same infrastructure. For example, you can replicate 100 virtual machines with vSphere Replication but choose to protect only 50 of them with Site Recovery Manager. You can manage all of the replications by using either the vSphere Replication interface in the vSphere Web Client or by using the Site Recovery Manager interface. Some limitations apply to the management of the replications, depending on which interface you use.

You cannot manage replications in a single vCenter Server instance in the Site Recovery Manager interface.

You cannot use the vSphere Replication interface in the vSphere Web Client to manually recover virtual machines that Site Recovery Manager protects.

You cannot deploy additional vSphere Replication servers by using the vSphere Replication interface in the vSphere Web Client.

You can obtain update releases of vSphere Replication 5.1 by using Update Manager or by using the VAMI of the vSphere Replication appliance.