Creating a Replication Group Using the Replication Configuration Tool

To replicate VMs for disaster recovery, you can create a replication group using the replication group configuration tool to perform either periodic or continuous replication operations. The configuration tool is a quick configuration method that includes only the values that are required to enable periodic or continuous replication.

Before You Begin

  • Verify that you have a hypervisor and a recovery target or plan to add these components when you create the replication group.

  • Review the configuration options for adding source and destination hypervisors, adding a recovery target, and configuring a replication group:

  • To use Distributed Storage datastores as destination sites for replication, you must set up Distributed Storage clusters as storage targets. For instructions, see Configuring Distributed Storage for DR.

  • Verify that the Command Center has a storage pool that can be used as a temporary cache for the VMs before they move to the destination site. You can use disk, cloud, tape, or a HyperScale storage pool as the temporary cache. For more information, see Storage.

  • For information about using replication groups in a Managed Service Provider (MSP) environment, see Requirements for Replication Groups in Managed Service Provider.

  • For Hyper-V to Azure Stack Hub replication groups, you cannot use VMs that contain user-created snapshots as a source for replication. Replication jobs fail if the source VM contains user-created snapshots.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Disaster recovery > Replication.

    The Replication groups page appears.

  2. In the upper-right area of the tab, click Configure replication group, and then select Virtualization.

    The Configure replication group page appears.

  3. On the Content tab, enter the required information for the source hypervisor, and then click Next.

  4. On the Target tab, enter the required information for the destination hypervisor, and then click Next.

  5. On the Storage/Cache tab, enter the required information for the storage pool, and then click Next.

  6. To override settings for VMs, on the Override options tab, click Yes.

    1. To change the destination settings for VMs, from the Virtual machine list, select the VMs, and then under General Settings, configure the options you want to change.

    2. Click Next.

  7. On the Summary tab, review the settings you configured, and then click Finish.


  • The configuration tool creates a replication schedule and a replication group that includes the selected source VMs.

  • The properties page for a replication group includes a Replication monitor page that you can use to monitor the replication status and to perform operations.