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Replication for VMware Virtual Machines

With the Virtualization solution, you can configure VMware virtual machines (VMs) for replication to one or more secondary sites. Replication uses backups of primary VMs to create destination VMs, and uses continued incremental backups to keep destination VMs updated.

Destination sites can be VMware, Amazon, or Microsoft Azure.

Replication is also referred to as Live Sync.

Note:

  • After you perform VM conversion or replication operations to Amazon using the HotAdd method, a Windows instance restarts when a user logs on to the instance for the first time. The restart is required to initialize drivers that are added to the instances during the operation.
  • Before you convert a VM from a non-Azure hypervisor using a "restore as" operation or a Live Sync operation, verify that the source VM meets the requirements for non-endorsed distributions. This verification is important because Linux VMs that are based on an endorsed distribution of Microsoft Azure have the prerequisites that enable them to run on Azure, but VMs that originate from other hypervisors might not. For more information, see Information for Non-Endorsed Distributions.
  • For conversion to Azure or Azure Stack: The operating system for the destination VM must be an operating system that is supported for Microsoft Azure.

Replication Feature Support

The following table shows the hypervisors that support replication and the replication features that each hypervisor supports:

Source hypervisor

Destination hypervisor

Failover

Failback

Failover groups

VMware streaming backups

Amazon

VMware streaming backups

Microsoft Azure

 

VMware streaming backups

VMware

VMware IntelliSnap backups

VMware

Failover Group Support

The following table shows the hypervisors that support failover group features.

Source hypervisor

Destination hypervisor

Automatic failover

Failback

Planned failover

Test boot

Test failover

Unplanned failover

VMware streaming backups

Amazon

 

 

 

VMware streaming backups

Microsoft Azure

 

 

 

 

 

 

VMware streaming backups

VMware

VMware IntelliSnap backups

VMware

 

 

Last modified: 10/15/2018 4:20:05 PM