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Hyper-V Replica requires the Failover Clustering role Hyper-V Replica Broker to be configured if either the primary or replica Hyper-V server is part of a cluster. The Understanding and Troubleshooting guide for Hyper-V Replica covers the steps required to configure this role. This post builds on top of the guide and explains *why* the broker is required and captures its high level behavior.
The following example will be used through the rest of the article:
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As part of creating the replica virtual machine, the Hyper-V Replica Broker is also responsible for making the virtual machine highly available. If the node crashes, the Failover Cluster Service would move replica the Virtual machine, thereby protecting the replica Virtual machine and the replication process from host crashes on the Cluster-R.
· Issue the following cmdlets to configure the broker:
$BrokerName = “P-Broker-CAP”
Add-ClusterServerRole -Name $BrokerName
Add-ClusterResource -Name “Virtual Machine Replication Broker” -Type "Virtual Machine Replication Broker" -Group $BrokerName
Add-ClusterResourceDependency “Virtual Machine Replication Broker” $BrokerName