As part of the enrollment process, VMware sets up your virtual data center enabled for disaster recovery that serves as your replication target and recovery site. VMware emails your login credentials for the Dedicated Disaster Recovery service in vCloud Air.

To configure and recover virtual machines protected by Dedicated Disaster Recovery, perform the following tasks in vSphere Replication and vCloud Air:

Before you can use this service, you must meet the following prerequisites:

You are a licensed vSphere customer running vSphere 6.1 (recommended) on-premises.

See Disaster Recovery to Cloud System Requirements and Compatibility in vSphere Replication 6.1 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.

You have registered for a My VMware account.

VMware has provided login access to the Dedicated Disaster Recovery service.

vSphere Replication and HCM are enabled.

1

Log into My VMware and download the vSphere Replication 6.1 appliance.

vSphere Replication appliance is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance. You can deploy the appliance by using the standard vSphere OVF Deployment wizard. Download the vSphere Replication OVF package to a local directory or obtain its online URL.

2

Log into the vSphere Web Client at your source site to install the vSphere Replication appliance. Select the vCenter hosts and clusters where you will deploy the OVF template for the vSphere Replication appliance.

Ensure vSphere Replication appliance is installed into vCenter and plug-in available via vSphere web client.

See Installing and Configuring vSphere Replication to Cloud in vSphere Replication 6.1 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.

3

Log into vCloud Air UI to create user roles to manage your Dedicated Disaster Recovery.

4

Ensure HCM has been installed and registered with Dedicated Disaster Recovery (target site). The VMware executed custom script is automatically run on vCenter to complete the vSphere Replication with HCM configuration.

See Deploying Hybridity Service for information.

5

Using the vSphere Web Client at your source site, configure your connection to Dedicated Disaster Recovery.

See Configure a Target Site for information.

6

Using vSphere Replication, replicate the virtual machines you plan to protect from your source site to Dedicated Disaster Recovery.

See Configure Replication to Cloud for information.

7

After replicating your virtual machines to the cloud, log into Dedicated Disaster Recovery to view your virtual data center enabled for disaster recovery and the placeholder virtual machines that you selected for replication.

See About Placeholders in Dedicated Disaster Recovery for information.

8

Using vSphere Replication or vCloud Air, test recovery for a virtual machine and cleanup the test after you run it.

See About Test Recoveries for information.

9

In the event that your source site becomes unavailable, log into the vCloud Air UI and recover your virtual machines to Dedicated Disaster Recovery.

See About Recovery to Cloud for information.

10

Once your source site is available, reverse replicate your virtual machines from the vCloud Air UI.

See Reverse Replicate Virtual Machines for information.