Configuring DR Replica

Open failover cluster manager
Right click the Cluster -> Select "Configure Role"
Click next -> select Hyper-V Replica Broker

Fill in the information (Choose an available IP from his subnet)


Create SSL cert via Powershell

For this, you will need to download Windows SDK and install


Create the ROOT certificate

& "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Bin\x64\makecert.exe" -pe -n “CN=PrimaryRootCA” -ss root -sr LocalMachine -sky signature -r “PrimaryRootCA.cer”


Create SSL with the hostname of DR 

& "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Bin\x64\makecert.exe" -pe -n “” -ss my -sr LocalMachine -sky exchange -eku "," -in “primaryRootCA” -is root -ir LocalMachine -sp “Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider” -sy 12 replicaCert.cer


Create SSL with the name of the Hyper-V Replica Broker you created

Note, if you are in an AD, you will need to add the full FQDN of the broker

& "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Bin\x64\makecert.exe" -pe -n “” -ss my -sr LocalMachine -sky exchange -eku "," -in “primaryRootCA” -is root -ir LocalMachine -sp “Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider” -sy 12 primaryCert.cer

On all hosts (nodes and DR) disable SSL revocation

reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Virtualization\Replication" /v DisableCertRevocationCheck /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f

Exporting the SSL

Open Certificate MMC console (simply search for certificate and click on "Manage Computer Certificates") 

Under personal, click certificates 

Right click ethe DR certificate -> all task -> export 


Click Next -> Select "Yes, export the private key" 

Click Next -> Select "Password" and enter any password

Click Next -> Select where to save the certificate 


Import the SSL ceritificate

The following steps have to be performed on the DR

Open Certificate MMC console with the snap-in to manage certs

Right click "Personal" -> Select "All Task" -> Select "Import" 

Click Next (Local Machine) -> Browse the Certificate and import 

Enter the password used during the export

Click Next -> Select "Place all certificates in the following store" 

Click Next -> Click Finish

Once done, move the Root Certificate under "Certificates" of "Trusted Root Certificate Authorities"


Configure the Replication Role in Hyper-V

In Hyper-V, right click the server -> Click on "Hyper-V Settings" 

Select the "Replication Configuration" tab 

Click "Enable this computer as Replica Server" -> Click "Use certificate-based authentication (HTTPS)" -> Select the Certificate 

Under "Authorization and storage" -> Select "Allow replication from any authenticated server" with default value (C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks) 



Enabling Replication for VM

Right click on the VM and select "Enable Replication"


Click Next -> Enter the hostname (that we put in the host file earlier)

Once it loads (can take a minute or 2), same thing as with the DR, select "Use certificate-based authentication (HTTPS)" and

select the certificate (make sure "Compress the data that is transmitted over the network"

Keep clicking next a select the options you want for the replication

Server 2016

Server 2016 is the same concept but you will need to create a cert for all nodes

Create root CA

New-SelfSignedCertificate `
-DnsName “HyperVReplicationRootCA” `
-CertStoreLocation Cert:\LocalMachine\My `
-KeyLength “4096" `
-Hash SHA256 `
-KeyFriendlyName “HyperVReplicationRootCA” `
-FriendlyName “HyperVReplicationRootCA” `
-NotAfter “2030-12-31 23:59:59” `
-NotBefore “2018-10-10 00:00:00" `
-KeyUsage CertSign,CRLSign,DigitalSignature

Create node cert ( 1 cert per node)

New-SelfSignedCertificate `
-DnsName `
-CertStoreLocation Cert:\LocalMachine\My `
-KeyLength “4096" `
-Hash SHA256 `
-KeyFriendlyName hostname `
-FriendlyName hostname `
-NotBefore “2017-01-01 00:00:00" `
-NotAfter “2030-12-31 23:59:59” `
-Signer ( Get-ChildItem Cert:\LocalMachine\My | Where -Prop Subject -eq "CN=HyperVReplicationRootCA" )

Use same command for broker cert and export / import cert on all nodes / dr server as explained above