SRM 8.4 Appliance – clean installation and configuration

Today I will show you how to perform clean installation and configuration of Site Recovery Manager 8.4. The process of this is pretty straight forward.


  1. Download ISO from VMware website.
  2. Login to vCenter.
  3. Deploy OVF from local.
  4. There are 5 files inside bin folder. You need to include all 5 of them.
  1. Chose location for SRM VM.
  2. Chose compute resources.
  3. Review details.
  4. License agreement – read first!
  5. Chose your configuration

2 vCPU or 4 vCPU

  1. Select storage.
  2. Select networks.
  3. Customize your deployment:
  • Input initial root password.
  • Input initial admin user password.
NOTE: Direct root access is not allowed and you will need to use admin account to login to VAMI and SSH
  • Input NTP server IP or hostname.
  • Input hostname for your SRM VM.
  • Input initial database password.
  • Input networks settings.
  1. Verify your inputs on Ready to complete page and click FINISH.

On this stage deployment start and you can observe it in the Recent Tasks window in vCenter.

  1. Power on SRM VM
NOTE: You need to deploy SRM on both sites. Also you need to configure SRM on both sites


  1. Login to VAMI using admin account , VAMI is accessible from port 5480
  1. Start to configure SRM by clicking on CONFIGURE APPLIANCE
  • Input PSC host name
  • Input PSC port – default is 443
NOTE: Windows based SRM used port 9086
  • Inupt Username – administrator@vsphere.local
  • Input Password
  1. Chose vCenter server
  2. Configure extension:
    • Site name – put something meaningful
    • Administrator Email
    • Local host – this should be you SRM server
    • Extension ID: Default or Custom
NOTE: If you chose custom extension you will need to fill out Organization and Description fields 
  1. Verify your inputs on Ready to complete page and click FINISH

Configuration will start

Once it is finished you should see similar page to this one:

To access SRM from VAMI you can click on Hostname

Here is a set-by-step video:

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