Creating a Replication Plan

A backup and replication plan identifies one or more storage targets, RPOs (recovery point objectives), and replication options.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Configuration > Plans.

    The Plans page appears.

  2. In the top right corner of the page, click Create plan and then click Replication.

    The Backup and replication plan wizard displays the Backup page.

  3. Enter the Plan name.

    The first storage copy is always Primary.

    For other settings, you can use the default values, or you can specify a different storage pool, retention period, or RPO (recovery point objective) options, such as the backup frequency and the backup window.

    Specify the Backup frequency value to set the intervals for daily incremental backups.

  4. Click Next.

    A confirmation page asks whether you wish to create another copy. Additional copies can be useful for having backup data at a secondary location, such as a disaster recovery (DR) site.

  5. To create a secondary copy of backup data, click I want to create another copy.

    A new Storage target dialog box appears.

  6. Enter the Storage copy name and provide other configuration values for the secondary copy.
  7. Click Next.

    The Replication page appears.

  8. Provide the following information:
    • Backup source: Select the storage copy to be used as the source for replication.
    • Target: Select an existing replication target or click Create replication target to add a new target.
    • Schedule: Replication is performed Immediately after the backup job completes (the only value).
  9. Click Advanced options to enter other configuration values:
    • Validate destination VM: Verify that the destination VM is bootable by powering it on and then powering off. Changes resulting from the power on are not preserved. If hypervisor tools are not installed on the source VM, validation is skipped even when this option is selected.

      If validation fails, the destination virtual machine reverts back to its last valid (bootable) state.

    • Unconditionally overwrite if it already exists: When this option is selected, the first replication replaces an existing virtual machine with the same name in the target location, even if the destination VM is running. Replications from incremental backups are not affected by this setting:
      • Subsequent incremental backups and replication updates are applied to the destination VM without overwriting the VM.
      • If the destination VM is currently running, the replication fails.
    • Number of recovery points: Enter the maximum number of recovery point snapshots to retain on the destination site. Each recovery point snapshot represents the state of a VM that you can choose when performing a point-in-time failover.
    • Disk Provisioning: Select the disk provisioning type for the destination VM: Original, Thick Lazy Zero, Thin, or Thick Eager Zero.
    • Transport mode for VMware: Use Auto to have the transport mode selected automatically based on the environment, or select a different value from this list: SAN, Hot Add, NBD, NBD SSL, or NAS.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Save.

Last modified: 2/14/2019 4:13:59 PM