Subscribing to the Disaster Recovery service is a standard enrollment process whether you already have a separate subscription with vCloud Air.

Before setting up the Disaster Recovery service, you must meet the following prerequisites:

You are a licensed vSphere customer running vSphere 5.6 or later (6.0 recommended) on-premises.

See Disaster Recovery to Cloud System Requirements and Compatibility in vSphere Replication 6.0 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.

You have registered for a My VMware account.

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As a vSphere customer or vSphere and vCloud Air customer, contact your VMware sales representative to purchase a vCloud AirDisaster Recovery subscription.

Note

Once a subscription to the vCloud AirDisaster Recovery service is submitted and approved, management of subscription options, such as feature add-ons, will become available in My VMware.

Similar to the Virtual Private Cloud and Dedicated Cloud services for vCloud Air, the Disaster Recovery service is a core service, which you cannot order directly through My VMware. Follow a standard purchase order process to subscribe to the Disaster Recovery service.

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 Disaster Recovery service in vCloud Air.

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Log into My VMware and download the vSphere Replication 6.0 appliance.

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

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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.

See Installing and Configuring vSphere Replication to Cloud in vSphere Replication 6.0 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.

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Using the vSphere Web Client at your source site, configure your connection to vCloud Air.

See Configuring the Connection to the Cloud in vSphere Replication 6.0 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.

5

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

See Assign a User to the Roles for Disaster Recovery for information.

See Workflow for Using the Disaster Recovery Service for an overview of using vSphere Replication and vCloud Air to manage your Disaster Recovery service.