Real-Time Replication (Beta) Job Wizard for VMware: Source

On the Source page of the wizard, select one of the views to add VMware items to your real-time replication job for VMware.



  • It is not possible to select VMs with no defined VM storage policy. For more information, see Installing I/O Filter.

  • It is not possible to select VMs from a cluster with an unsupported ESXi version.

  • Templates are not supported.

Host and Clusters

When the Host & Clusters view is chosen, the inventory tree opens in the left pane and displays all VMware items: clusters, hosts, folders, resource pools, and VMs. Proceed as follows:

  1. Optionally, you can filter the inventory tree by entering a string into the Search box. You can enter a part of or the entire name of the item.

  2. Select VMware items by placing a checkmark to the left of each item.

  3. The selected items appear in the right pane of the page. You can reorder the selected items by dragging a VM or a container with the pointer to a new position. By doing that, you can specify to replicate the most important VMs first.

  4. Review the list of selected VMware items. You can remove a selected VM or a container from the replication job in one of the following ways:

    • Deselect the item in the left pane. This will remove the item from the right pane; OR

    • In the right pane, hover the pointer over the item you want to remove and click the “x” on the right. This will deselect the item in the left pane.

VMs and Templates

When the VMs & Templates view is selected, the inventory tree displays VMware hosts, VMs, and VM templates. Proceed as described for the Hosts & Clusters view above.


For one real-time replication job for VMware, the Transporter's maximum capacity is limited to 11 source VMs in case there is one disk per VM or up to 50 disks per source VM. For more information, see this article.


When the Policy view selected, job policies can be used. Refer to Managing Job Policies for details. If the items were selected in alternate views, a dialog box opens warning you that switching to the Policy view will reset your current selection. Click Switch View to confirm switching to the Policy view. Make sure that at least one item matches the available set of policy rules. Refer to Managing Policy Rules for details.

Click Next to confirm adding selected VMs to the replication job. The wizard will display the next page.


  • If you cannot find a VM or a container:

  • By adding a VMware container to the job, you ensure that important VMs are always protected. If you add a VMware container to the job:

    • All VMs with defined VM storage policy that are currently available in the selected container will be replicated.

    • All new VMs with defined VM storage policy that will be created in (or moved to) the container in the future will be automatically added to the job and replicated.

  • The order in which VMs are replicated is important if the Transporter performing replication cannot process all VMs of the job simultaneously — either because the Transporter is processing other jobs at the same time or because the job contains more VM disks than a Transporter’s maximum load specified during the Transporter creation.

  • If all disks of a VM are unsupported (such as RDM disks in physical compatibility mode), this VM will be disabled in the inventory tree and it will not be possible to select it. Refer to Supported Platforms for details.

  • VMs marked as primary are protected by VMware Fault Tolerance. Disabled VMs are Fault Tolerance shadow VMs.