Environment: VSphere v6.0 Essentials Plus
We are currently using Veeam to replicate most of our VMs to a 'backup' host in another building connected via a fiber link.
I hoped I could dump veeam and use VMWare Replication to do the same job, i.e. replicate our VMs from two hosts to a third host so we have complete backups of them. However it seems for me that Replication require another vsphere site as target.
Does it exist a solution for our simple setup only requiring replication of VMs to another host. Also we only need this replicated once per night with no history. The replicated VMs must be capable to start and run as their original VMs in case of emergency.
Thanks a lot for comments on this
vSphere Replication also supports replicating VM's between hosts in the same vCenter Server environment.
You can use Sphere Replication to replicate virtual machines between ESXi hosts that the same vCenter Server manages. In this case, you deploy only one vSphere Replication appliance and do not need to connect the source and target sites.
Just keep in mind that there are a few steps to follow to bring up the replicas, in case vCenter Server is not available.
You can certainly use vSphere Replicaiton to replicate between the same vCenter/ESXI hosts. Now since you do not have an option to chose the hosts while replicating VM's ,You can make use of a datastore which is visible to third host and that should automatically establish session with the third host. VR establishes random NFC session with the ESXI hosts to replicate data.
Hope this helps!