After configuring a target site, you can configure your virtual machines to replicate to Dedicated Disaster Recovery.

Ensure that a target site is configured correctly.


On the vSphere Web Client Home page, click VMs and Templates.


In the Navigator menu, navigate down to the virtual machine level.

A list of your virtual machines will be displayed.


Right-click the virtual machine that you want to replicate and select All vSphere Replication Actions > Configure Replication.


A Configure Replication wizard opens. Select Replicate to a cloud provider and click Next.


Select the Target site to which you want to replicate the virtual machine and click Next.

The target cloud provider you had configured in the previous topic is displayed under VDC Name.


On the Target location page, select where to store replication data. From the drop-down, select the Standard storage policy for replication placement and click Next.


(Optional) On the Replication options page, select the quiescing method for the Guest Operating System (OS) of the source virtual machine.


Quiescing is a process of bringing the on-disk data of a virtual machine into a state suitable for backups. Quiescing options are available only for virtual machines that support quiescing.


(Optional) Select Enable network compression for VR data and click Next.

Compressing the replication data that is transferred through the network saves network bandwidth and might help reduce the amount of buffer memory used on the vSphere Replication server. However, compressing and decompressing data requires more CPU resources on both the source site and the server that manages the target site.


On the Recovery settings page, use the RPO slider to set an acceptable data loss period in case of a site failure.

The available RPO range is from 15 minutes to 24 hours.


(Optional) To save multiple replication instances that can be converted to snapshots of the source virtual machine during recovery, select Enable in the Point in time instances pane, and adjust the number of instances to keep.


You can keep up to 24 instances for a virtual machine. This means that if you configure vSphere Replication to keep 6 replication instances per day, the maximum number of days you can set is 4 days.


Click Next.


On the Ready to complete page, review your replication settings, and click Finish.

You can check the state of each replication. Under Monitor > vSphere Replication, you will see that the virtual machine is in the process of configuring against the target site.

Click the Refresh icon to refresh the Monitor page. The Replication status of the virtual machine is now in the Not Active state. Continue to refresh the Monitor page until you see that the Initial Full Sync from this virtual machine to vCloud Air has begun.


You can see the progress of the Initial Full Sync on the Replication Details tab at the bottom of the Monitor tab page. After the Initial Full Sync is complete the status changes to OK.