4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 4, 2017 12:34 PM by chcino

    VMware vSphere Replication Version Compatibility

    chcino Novice



      I'm trying to clear up some confusion I have around vSphere Replication and version compatibility.


      Currently we are looking at doing a data center migration and the source site is running ESXi hosts and a vCenter Server both at 5.5 U3.


      From what I understand, vSphere Replication relies on vCenter Server and the source and destination vCenter Server instances must be within the same major version.


      In the Interoperability Matrix, it looks like ESXi version 5.5 U3 is compatible with vSphere Replication 5.5.1 through 6.5 --> VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes


      However, if I search between vSphere Replicaiton and vCente there is no compatibility shown --> VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes


      My question therefore; does vSphere Replication NEED vCenter or can you replicate directly between a 5.5 U3 ESXi host and a 6.0 U2 host? Would that be supported?


      Also, is there any way to do vSphere Replication between major versions other than using a 3rd party product? I think the answer is 'no' but I can't seem to find a definitive answer.


      Thanks in advance!