vSphere Replication is distributed as an OVF virtual appliance. You must deploy the appliance at both of the primary and secondary sites.

You deploy the vSphere Replication appliance by using the standard vSphere OVF deployment wizard.

Verify that you have vSphere and vSphere Web Client installations for the primary site and the secondary site.

Download the vSphere Replication OVA file to a local directory or obtain its online URL.

In the vSphere Web Client, select the vCenter Server instance on which you are deploying vSphere Replication and click Manage > Settings > Advanced Settings. Verify that the VirtualCenter.FQDN value is set to a fully-qualified domain name or a literal address.


Log in to the vSphere Web Client on the primary site.


Select vCenter > Hosts and Clusters.


Right-click a host and select Deploy OVF template.


Provide the location of the OVA file from which to deploy the vSphere Replication appliance, and click Next.

Select URL and provide the URL to deploy the appliance from an online URL.

Select Local file > Browse to locate the .ova file if you downloaded the file to a local machine.


Review the virtual appliance details and click Next.


Accept the default name and destination folder or provide a new name and folder for the virtual appliance, and click Next.


Select a destination datacenter, datastore, and disk format for the virtual appliance and click Next.


Select a network from the list of available networks and click Next.


Provide a root password for the appliance, set the network properties, and click Next.

If you do not set network settings, the appliance uses DHCP. Set a static IP address for the appliance. You can also configure network settings by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI).


Review the binding to the vCenter Extension vService and click Next.


Select the check box to power on the virtual appliance after deployment and click Finish.

The vSphere Replication appliance is deployed.


Log out of the vSphere Web Client, then log back in.

vSphere Replication is present on the Home tab in the vSphere Web Client.


Repeat the procedure to install vSphere Replication on the secondary site.

vSphere Replication is ready for use immediately after you deploy the appliance. No manual configuration or registration is required.

Perform optional reconfiguration of the vSphere Replication appliance by using the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI). You can install a certificate, change the appliance root password, change the trust policy, or configure vSphere Replication to use an external database.