Performing an Unplanned Failover for a Continuous Recovery Group


You can perform an unplanned failover operation for an entire recovery group to make the destination VMs active in an emergency situation. Only VMs that are eligible fail over. After a recovery group failover, replication operations are disabled for the VMs that failed over. You can perform a recovery group failback operation to return replication operations to all source sites in the recovery group.

Before You Begin

Create a continuous recovery group.

Note: You cannot customize IP address settings for VMs with encrypted disks. If you configure custom IP address settings for a recovery group that includes VMs with encrypted disks, failover operations fail for those VMs.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Auto Recovery.

    The Recovery groups tab appears.

  2. Under Group name, click a recovery group.

    The recovery group details page appears.

  3. On the Overview tab, in the upper-right area of the page, click Unplanned failover.

    The Unplanned failover dialog box appears.

  4. Click Submit.

    The failover occurs to the most recent recovery point.


  • Operations move to the destination VMs.

  • If errors occur during an unplanned failover, the job will try to complete.