Set up the source environment for VMware to Azure replication

This article describes how to set up your source on-premises environment, to replicate VMware VMs to Azure. It includes steps for selecting your replication scenario, setting up an on-premises machine as the Site Recovery configuration server, and automatically discovering on-premises VMs.


The article assumes that you have already:

Choose your protection goals

  1. In the Azure portal, go to the Recovery Services vault blade and select your vault.
  2. On the resource menu of the vault, go to Getting Started > Site Recovery > Step 1: Prepare Infrastructure > Protection goal.

    Choose goals

  3. In Protection goal, select To Azure, and choose Yes, with VMware vSphere Hypervisor. Then click OK.

    Choose goals

Set up the configuration server

You can set up the configuration server as an on-premises VMware VM through an Open Virtualization Application (OVA) template. Learn more about the components that will be installed on the VMware VM.

  1. Learn about the prerequisites for configuration server deployment.
  2. Check capacity numbers for deployment.
  3. Download and import the OVA template to set up an on-premises VMware VM that runs the configuration server. The licence provided with the template is an evaluation licence and is valid for 180 days. Post this period, customer needs to activate the windows with a procured licence.
  4. Turn on the VMware VM, and register it in the Recovery Services vault.

Add the VMware account for automatic discovery

  1. On your configuration server, launch CSPSConfigtool.exe. It is available as a shortcut on the desktop and located in the install location\home\svsystems\bin folder.
  2. Click Manage Accounts > Add Account.

    Add account

  3. In Account Details, add the account that will be used for automatic discovery.



    It can take 15 minutes or more for the account name to appear in the portal. To update immediately, click Configuration Servers > server name > Refresh Server.

Connect to the VMware server

To allow Azure Site Recovery to discover virtual machines running in your on-premises environment, you need to connect your VMware vCenter Server or vSphere ESXi hosts with Site Recovery.

Select +vCenter to start connecting a VMware vCenter server or a VMware vSphere ESXi host.

  • In Add vCenter, specify a friendly name for the vSphere host or vCenter server, and then specify the IP address or FQDN of the server. Leave the port as 443 unless your VMware servers are configured to listen for requests on a different port. Select the account that is to connect to the VMware vCenter or vSphere ESXi server. Click OK.



    If you're adding the VMware vCenter server or VMware vSphere host with an account that doesn't have administrator privileges on the vCenter or host server, make sure that the account has these privileges enabled: Datacenter, Datastore, Folder, Host, Network, Resource, Virtual machine, and vSphere Distributed Switch. In addition, the VMware vCenter server needs the Storage views privilege enabled.

Common issues

Installation failures

Sample error message Recommended action
ERROR Failed to load Accounts. Error: System.IO.IOException: Unable to read data from the transport connection when installing and registering the CS server. Ensure that TLS 1.0 is enabled on the computer.

Registration failures

Registration failures can be debugged by reviewing the logs in the %ProgramData%\ASRLogs folder.

Sample error message Recommended action
09:20:06:InnerException.Type: SrsRestApiClientLib.AcsException,InnerException.
Message: ACS50008: SAML token is invalid.
Trace ID: 1921ea5b-4723-4be7-8087-a75d3f9e1072
Correlation ID: 62fea7e6-2197-4be4-a2c0-71ceb7aa2d97>
Timestamp: 2016-12-12 14:50:08Z
Ensure that the time on your system clock is not more than 15 minutes off the local time. Rerun the installer to complete the registration.
09:35:27 :DRRegistrationException while trying to get all disaster recovery vault for the selected certificate: : Threw Exception.Type:Microsoft.DisasterRecovery.Registration.DRRegistrationException, Exception.Message: ACS50008: SAML token is invalid.
Trace ID: e5ad1af1-2d39-4970-8eef-096e325c9950
Correlation ID: abe9deb8-3e64-464d-8375-36db9816427a
Timestamp: 2016-05-19 01:35:39Z
Ensure that the time on your system clock is not more than 15 minutes off the local time. Rerun the installer to complete the registration.
06:28:45:Failed to create certificate
06:28:45:Setup cannot proceed. A certificate required to authenticate to Site Recovery cannot be created. Rerun Setup
Ensure you are running setup as a local administrator.

Next steps

Set up your target environment in Azure.