VMware vSphere Replication 8.1 provides the following new features:
- Unified native hypervisor-based replication solution for on-premises environment and VMware Cloud on AWS.
- Streamlined HTML5 user interface. New HTML5 UI will enhance overall user’s experience by simplifying the deployment and usage, enabling streamlined workflows – unified replication and protection, site pairing, and more.
- Improved security, manageability and bringing operational simplicity by introducing Photon OS. The vSphere Replication virtual appliance uses Photon OS 2.0 as the guest operating system.
- Support for multiple VMware vSphere on-premises versions. vSphere Replication 8.1 is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 3 and later, including 6.7.
VMware vSphere Replication 8.1 Release Notes
When vSphere Replication 8.1 is enabled on vCenter Server 6.7, we cannot see vSphere Replication icon on home page of vCenter Server, now vSphere Replication icon is replaced with Site Recovery icon.
Go to Site Recovery page, we can the vSphere Replication is enabled. We need to click “Open Site Recovery” if we setup the virtual machine replication.
Then it will re-direct to a new vSphere Replication administration page (HTML5).
Go to Replications tab, click New.
Select which VM needs to create the replication, Next.
Select the target site, Next. (In this demo, we select the local site)
Select the target datastore, Next.
Configure Recovery point object (RPO) or replication setting, Next.
NOTE: The lowest RPO is 5 minute. vSphere Replication 6.1 or above displays the 5 minute RPO setting.
Click Finish to create the VM replication session.
It starts data synchronization once when the replication session created.