System has paused replication: Disk added to VM (Hot-Add issue)

vSphere Replication is designed to pause when a new disk is added to a replicated VM. It is possible to reconfigure the job and either accept the new disk or remove it from the replication job. However some backup appliances use Hot-Add to backup Virtual Machines which means that vSphere Replication will keep pausing the replication of this VM as disks are added during each backup job.

Below is an example of the error you will see in the Web Client

vsphere replication - disk added to VM

There is no documented workaround to this error. In the case where your backup software is vRanger you can deploy virtual appliances to handle the Hot-Add aspect of the job and exclude the vRanger management VM from participating in adding disks to itself. To do this, simply edit each backup job and ensure you are not automatically assigning the management VM for backups but the appliances instead. For Veeam, simply edit go to the proxy and edit the configuration to use network as the backup transport. Disabling hot-add may reduce the performance of your backups but it will allow your Virtual Machines to continue replicating without intervention.

There is a post over at the VMware Community forums where a user has asked for a feature to warn rather than pause replication when a new disk is added to the VM: Replication paused when a disk gets added or removed

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