Initial Replication getting failed

Naveen Joshi
Naveen Joshi used Ask the Experts™
My current lab setup is given below:

Two Physical Servers :

Say HVH01 & HVH02
Replication is configured on both servers but replication getting failed for a VM named VMXX.
Here are the details of replication status :

Replication Type : Primary for HVH02 and Replica for HVH01
Current Primary Server : HVH02
Current Replica Server : HVH01
Replication State : Pending Initial Replication
Replication Health : Warning

Other Details :
Hard Disk : virtualhdd.vhd
Size : 600GB

Hard Disk : A5476F8A-XXXX-CCCC-XXXX-8XXXX96XXXXE.vhd (size 1.5MB)
There is another file in same folder virtualhdd.vhd.tmp (600GB)

As replication is getting failed and to resolve this issue my client suggested me the comment as given below :

So how replication is setup is very standard. When the replication fails. The configuration needs to be deleted and the replica virtual machine needs to be deleted from the replica server. Then you need to manually go on the Hard Drive and delete the folder that contains the virtual hard drive file. After that you need to recreate the replication using the standard configuration. Primarily the virtual runs on HVH02 and then the replica server is HVH01. And then just start the replication.

Above statement of him is very confusing for me.I am not clear what he want from me to do. Can anyone help me about how to proceed in order to get replication happen without any impact.
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The knowledgebase article on vmware reveals the difference causes, symptoms and resolution for replication failure for a VM -

Hope this will help you.
Naveen JoshiSystem Administrator


I am sorry to mention. This is a Hyper-v Setup.
Technical Designer
All he meant is to delete the hard disk from the previous replication before starting another replication.

Naveen JoshiSystem Administrator


Yes Sudeep, I have already performed the same activity. but still replication is getting failed. What could be the reason. Because of the huge size of hard disk ????
could I guess that this is not the first attempt at replicating this VM?

The only way to solve this, as noted in you original question, is to remove the old files from previous attempts.

Remove the replication settings
delete the replica VM from the destination host
browse to the shared storage on the destination host and remove any files/folders from the deleted VM (particularly vhd/vhdx files)
setup the replication again.

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