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Hyper-V replica between Native Hyper-V host and VMware-virtualized Hyper-V Guest?

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Hello,

Has anyone tested this scenario:

From an on-premise Hyper-V 2012 R2 bare-metal server,

Can we replicate to another Hyper-V 2012 R2 server which is running on ESXi 5.1?

http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2013/10/22/what-s-new-in-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx

Or is this feature offered only from Hyper-V virtualized to Hyper-V virtualized VMs?
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"Can we replicate to another Hyper-V 2012 R2 server which is running on ESXi 5.1"

That in itself is an unsupported configuration. You cannot safely run the Hyper-V role on an ESX VM. Hyper-V needs direct access to certain hardware components to properly virtualize, as does ESX, so the two don't coexist. People have claimed to "get it to work" in a test lab, but in the real world the result is data loss and corruption.

So to answer your question, no you can't do that.

On to a more high-level answer though, Hyper-V replica does not replicate VMs from within each guest. It leverages Hyper-V itself to perform the replica. So the answer to your second question " is this feature offered only from Hyper-V virtualized to Hyper-V virtualized VMs" is also no. It is not offered within the VM, but is set up and managed from within the management VM (often referred to as the host, although that is also technically inaccurate.)  The replica is set up from host to host, but on a per-VM basis.

-Cliff
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Thank you, I will try as a test to follow this thread

https://communities.vmware.com/thread/463532

but I understand it might not work

Thanks
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