What are "hbrcfg.GID-xxx... " files in VMware Replication?

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In VMware replication (8.1.1), I put all replicated VMs in a subfolder of a destination datastore, but see folders with name of various VMs in the root of that datastore which contain some tiny (10 to 20 KB) files like hbrcfg.GID-xxx. What are these files? Why are these folders created? And may I delete these folders? Thanks.
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Host Based Replication files and configuration used for VMware Replication.

Yes, they are needed.

Manually poking around and deleting files is not recommended.

If you really want to check if they are in use or orphaned you will need to check all the files for any references.

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Thanks.
I discovered that when I was trying to change the destination folder of a replicated VM, by moving it in a subfolder, a new folder got auto-generated in initial location with those tiny files in it.
Soon thereafter, I stopped replication of the VM gracefully and then configured replication anew using  that subfolder as SEED and everything synced in an hour. After that I think, I can remove that auto-generated folder and its few files from initial location, correct?

I had to do all this since in new version (8.1.1) , you cannot specify any folder as destination within a datastore for replicated VMs. Is there any other workaround? Thanks again.
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If and only if there are no longer any references to that folder and files - yes.

We just setup replication to the DR site, and let it replicate.....and test

The less meddling the better....

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I have to create subfolders for different clients -- at destination location.
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I would recommend using a different datastore for each client

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