Step 9: Set up a replication policy for VMware VM replication to Azure

This article describes how to set up a replication policy when you're replicating VMware VMs to Azure using the Azure Site Recovery service in the Azure portal.

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Configure a policy

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  1. To create a new replication policy, click Site Recovery infrastructure > Replication Policies > +Replication Policy.
  2. In Create replication policy, specify a policy name.
  3. In RPO threshold, specify the RPO limit. This value specifies how often data recovery points are created. An alert is generated if continuous replication exceeds this limit.
  4. In Recovery point retention, specify (in hours) how long the retention window is for each recovery point. Replicated VMs can be recovered to any point in a window. Up to 24 hours retention is supported for machines replicated to premium storage, and 72 hours for standard storage.
  5. In App-consistent snapshot frequency, specify how often (in minutes) recovery points containing application-consistent snapshots will be created. Click OK to create the policy.

    Replication policy

  6. When you create a new policy it's automatically associated with the configuration server. By default, a matching policy is automatically created for failback. For example, if the replication policy is rep-policy then the failback policy will be rep-policy-failback. This policy isn't used until you initiate a failback from Azure.

Next steps

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