You must install a Site Recovery Manager Server instance at the protected site and also at the recovery site.

Site Recovery Manager requires a vCenter Server instance of the appropriate version at each site before you install Site Recovery Manager Server. The Site Recovery Manager installer must be able to connect to this vCenter Server instance during installation. For information about compatibility between vCenter Server and Site Recovery Manager versions, see vCenter Server Requirements in the Compatibility Matrixes for Site Recovery Manager 6.1 at https://www.vmware.com/support/srm/srm-compat-matrix-6-1.html.

After you install the Site Recovery Manager Server instances, the Site Recovery Manager plug-in appears in the vSphere Web Client. You use the Site Recovery Manager plug-in in the vSphere Web Client for the vCenter Server instances on the protected and recovery sites to configure and manage Site Recovery Manager. Site Recovery Manager 6.1 does not support the vSphere Client for Windows.

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You can install Site Recovery Manager in any of the deployment models that vCenter Server supports. However, the vCenter Server deployment model that you select can have implications for Site Recovery Manager operation.

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Before you install Site Recovery Manager Server, you must perform several tasks and verify that you have certain information.

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You must install Site Recovery Manager Server at the protected site and at the recovery site.

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Before you can use Site Recovery Manager, you must connect the Site Recovery Manager Server instances on the protected and recovery sites. This is known as site pairing.

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After you connect the Site Recovery Manager Server instances, you must establish a connection from the Site Recovery Manager interface in the vSphere Web Client to the remote Site Recovery Manager Server.

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Site Recovery Manager Server requires a license key to operate. Install a Site Recovery Manager license key as soon as possible after you install Site Recovery Manager.

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Site Recovery Manager depends on other services. If one of those services is not running, the Site Recovery Manager Server does not start.

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Site Recovery Manager requires the corresponding version of vSphere Replication. The Site Recovery Manager installer verifies the version of vSphere Replication and stops if it detects an incompatible version.