Testing Failover

A Test Failover operation validates the failover operation for a group of VMs by live mounting replicated VMs that are part of a failover group to a test site.

Test failover is supported only for VMware destinations.

Before You Begin

  • Create a replication target that includes test failover options.

  • Create a failover group that identifies the VMs to be included. The failover group must specify a replication target that supports test failover operations.

  • For VMware destination sites: To perform failover, test boot, and failback operations for VMware destination sites, VMware tools must be installed on the source VMs before replicating the VMs.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Configuration > Replication.

    The Replication page appears.

  2. Click Failover groups.

    The Failover groups page appears.

  3. In the Name column, click a failover group.

    The failover group page appears.

  4. In the top-right area of the page, click Test failover.

    A message appears and asks you whether you want to test the failover.

  5. Click Yes.


When the test failover operation completes successfully, the users who were configured to receive notifications for failovers receives an email notification that provides a summary of the test failover operation and a link that can be used to access the failover group.