I just deployed vsphere replication appliance in my cluster and I am wondering how to handle a few different scenarios here.
First a little info about the cluster. I have two hosts running esxi 5.5 and one vcenter server. I have the essentials plus licenses. Right now I have 9 VMs running and I have a some local storage on each host as well as two shared storage devices each with 1.8tb and connected via iscsi. I have successfully replicated a test machine and I have done a recovery on it, so I believe replication is working. My goal here is not to replicate to a second site but to replicate the VMs to other storage in my cluster in case I lose a DataStore.
however, I want to know what could or would happen to my ability to recover VMs if I lost the vcenter server. Should I use replication to protect the vcenter server? Would a quick easy way to avoid issues with losing vcenter be to clone vcenter server to a separate storage device so I have a clone to fireup if I need to?