Creating a Replication Target

A replication target defines a destination hypervisor and host, identifies a proxy that can be used for the operation, and provides other configuration values for replicated VMs. The replication target can be created as part of a backup and replication plan, or created independently and then associated with an existing plan.

Before You Begin

  • Test failover is supported only for replication to VMware.
  • To configure an isolated network for test failover operations, download a gateway template and copy it to a location where it can be accessed from Admin Console.


To create a replication target independently, perform the following steps:

  1. From the navigation pane, go to Configuration > Replication targets.

    The Replication target page appears.

  2. In the top right corner of the page, click Add replication target.

    The Add replication target page appears.

  3. From the Select type list, select Amazon, Microsoft Azure - Resource Manager, or VMware.

    The Add replication target page displays General options.

  4. Provide the following information:
    • Replication target name: Enter a descriptive name for the replication (for example, DR site 1).
    • Destination hypervisor: Select a hypervisor to manage the replicated VMs.

      For Azure, this field is labeled Azure hypervisor.

    • Proxy: Select a proxy to perform the replication.
    • Amazon:
      • Instance display name: Select Prefix or Suffix, and then enter a string that will be appended to source instances to create the display name for each destination instance.
      • Availability zone: Select the destination zone.
      • Network: Select a network interface for the destination instances.
      • Auto select security group: To specify a specific security group, clear this selection and, from the Security groups list, select a security group for the destination instances.
      • Amazon buckets: From this list, select a bucket for the instance volumes. Buckets are logical containers that provide secure access to objects (such as instance volumes).
      • Auto select instance type: To specify a specific instance type, clear this selection and from the Instance type list, select an instance type that provides the available CPU cores and memory for the instance.
    • Microsoft Azure:
      • VM display name: Select Prefix or Suffix, and then enter a string that will be appended to source VMs to create the display name for each destination VM.
      • Resource group: Enter a name to specify the Resource Group for the restored VM.
      • Storage account: Select the storage account for a virtual machine or disk.

        You can specify any storage account in the same region as the Azure hypervisor.

    • VMware:
      • VM display name: Select Prefix or Suffix, and then enter a string that will be appended to source VMs to create the display name for each destination VM.
      • Destination host: Enter the name or IP address for an ESX server, or click Browse to select an ESX host or cluster for the hypervisor.
      • Datastore: Select a datastore for virtual machine data. By default, virtual machine disks (VMDKs) for the replicated VM are added to the same datastore where the source VM disks resided; but you can specify a different datastore.
      • Resource pool: Select a destination resource pool for all replicated VMs.
      • Destination network: Select a network that is available for the destination.

        If you select Not Connected or do not select a destination network, virtual machines are restored with network interfaces in disconnected state.

  5. To configure advanced options, click Additional Options and provide the following information:
    • Users and user groups: Select items from the list and click OK to associate users or user groups with the replication target.
    • Test failover options: To enable the replication target to be used for test failover operations, select this option and provide the following information:

      Expiration time: Select Hours or Days and specify the amount of time that live mounted VMs can run before they expire.

      To keep VMs available beyond the expiry time, select the Migrate VMs option.

      • Configure isolated network: To use an isolated network with VMs mounted for a test failover operation, select this option and then click Browse to select the gateway template.

        If you do not select this option and identify a gateway template, the VMs in the test failover operation will not have a network connection.

      • Migrate VMs: To enable live mounted VMs to be mounted to the destination datastore for extended availability, select this option.
  6. Click Add.

Last modified: 6/21/2018 3:28:57 PM