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How to confirm that Replication is completed.

Posted on 2014-02-17
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I have been replicating a VM (Ubuntu) from one site to another.
The Status of the Replication is showing Green check mark.
I checked the Datastore of the Target site and am able to see Ubuntu files , however if I right-click on the vmx file I see "Add to Inventory" grayed out.

So, I am not sure how to tell if the Replication is completed, or how to tell the progress of the Replication.

Any help will be very much appreciated.

Thank you
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To Add the VM to the inventory of Target or secondary site, You will have to recover it at the secondary site. The Add to inventory is grayed out for security reasons. The VM being replicated on the primary site has to be powered off for the secondary site VM to be recovered.

Check these steps and do them on your setup. If you are able to successfully recover a VM at the secondary site then your replication is complete
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.replication_admin.doc%2FGUID-356D2357-67A5-42CD-91A7-BDEDDCEDA662.html
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by:jskfan
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When I try to recover the VM at the Target site, it says the source VM should be powered off…

I could not find a way to tell if the Replication is completed….

Just to let you know that I am not using SRM.

just 2 VRAs installed on 2 separate vCenters
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Yes power off the Source VM. You have them both connected right?
That's what i have told in my first comment.
Power Off the VM and then recover it on Secondary Site.
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by:jskfan
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If I turn the source VM off…and still do not know if the Replication is completed, then do the Recover of the Target VM, I wonder if I will be able to have  similar VM as the source VM..

to my understanding, Replication is like backup of the whole VM or rather cloning of the whole VM.

So if backup or cloning is not complete I will not have a complete VM.
I hope I am wrong
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by:Abhilash
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This is how it works.
When you replicate a VM, you will be make a copy of it and keep syncing it.
Its like a copy for disaster. When will you recover it? When something goes wrong with the Source right?

You are not able to add the replicated Vm to inventory because the replication is in sync and data is being synced.
They ask you to power it off because that is when the replication will break and the VM can be recovered.
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I understand you…
What I wanted to know is, let 's say:
Source ubuntu VM 12 GB in size
When I replicate it to the Target site, it will replicate gradually until it reaches 12 GB in the Target site, at this point, the source and the target are pretty much the same, then I can power off the source and start the recover at the target site.

But how can I tell that source and target are the same , which means the Replication is completed?
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When the syncing gradually happens and reaches to a point where only changes that happen in Source are replicated to target, when you power off the source, All the data ideally should have been synced.

The only way to tell it is in size and also changes that you would have made on the source. Like if you had created a folder before powering off the source. IS it come on the target. If it has then it shows that all the changes have been updated.
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Thank you
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