Monday, 15 January 2018

vSphere Replication 6.5.1 With vRealize Orchestrator 7.3

Here we will be looking into how to configure and use vSphere replication with vRealize Orchestrator. The version of my setup is:

vCenter Appliance 6.5 U1
vSphere Replication 6.5.1
vRealize Orchestrator 7.3

In brief, deploy the vRealize Orchestrator OVA template. Then navigate to "https://<vro-fqdn>:8283/vco-controlcenter/" to begin the configuration.

I have a standalone Orchestrator deployment with vSphere Authentication mode.


SSO user name and password is required to complete the registration. A restart of vRO would be needed to complete the configuration.


Next, download the vSphere Replication vmoapp file from this link here.

To install this file, click on the Manage Plugins tab in the Orchestrator control center and browse for the downloaded vmoapp file.


Then accept the EULA to Install the Plugin.


If prompted, click Save Changes and this should show the vR plugin is available and enabled in the plugin page.


Next, register the vCenter Site for the replication server using the below "Register VC Site" Workflow. All the next tasks are done from the Orchestrator client.


Once done, you can verify the vSphere Replication site is now visible under Administer mode of vRO.


Next, we will configure replication for one virtual machine. With the Run mode execute the "Configure Replication" workflow.

The Site (source) will be selected first.


Selecting virtual machine will be the next task.


Target site vR selection will be next. I am replicating within the same vCenter, so the source and target vR site is the same machine.


Next, we will select the target datastore where the replicated files should reside.


Lastly, we will choose the RPO and other required parameters to complete the replication task and click Submit.


Finally, you can see the VM under Outgoing Replication tab for vCenter.


That's pretty much it!