Step 7. Specify Replica Destination
At the Destination step of the wizard, select a destination for created replicas.
- In the Host or cluster section, specify a target host or cluster where replicas will be registered. Click Choose and select a host or cluster in the virtual infrastructure hierarchy. Assigning a cluster as a target ensures more sustainable replication process. The replication job will be performed until there is at least one available host in the cluster.
To facilitate selection, use the search field at the bottom of the window. Click the button on the left of the field to select the type of object that you want to search for (SCVMM, Cluster or Host), enter object’s name or a part of it and click the Start search button on the right or press [Enter] on the keyboard.
- In the Path section, specify a path to the folder where VM replica files must be stored. By default, Veeam Backup & Replication stores VM replica files to the C:\Replicas folder (if you have selected a Microsoft Hyper-V host as a target) or on a CSV with the maximum amount of free space (if you have selected a Microsoft Hyper-V cluster as a target).
If all or the majority of replicas will be stored in the same location, click Choose and point to the target folder. To create a dedicated folder for storing VM replicas, use the New folder button at the bottom of the window.
If you want to place replicas to different folders:
- Click the Pick path for selected virtual disks link.
- Click Add VM on the right and select VMs that must be stored to different folders.
- In the Files location list, select the added VM and click Path at the bottom of the window. You can select an existing folder or create a new one in the list.
You can choose a Microsoft SMB3 shared folder as a destination for VM replicas. To do this:
- Click Choose next to the Path field.
- In the search field at the bottom of the Select Folder window, type a path to the Microsoft SMB3 shared folder. The path must be specified in the UNC format, for example: \\172.16.11.38\Share01.
The host or cluster you specify in the Host or cluster field must have access to the Microsoft SMB3 shared folder. If you are using Microsoft SCVMM 2012 or Microsoft SCVMM 2012 R2, the server hosting the Microsoft SMB3 share must be registered in Microsoft SCVMM as a storage device. For more information, see Microsoft Docs.
- You can choose to store replica configuration files and disk files in different locations. To do this, add a VM to the Files location list, expand it and select the required type of files. Click Path at the bottom of the window and choose the destination for the selected type of files.