Performing an Unplanned Failover for a Periodic 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 periodic recovery group.


  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. For Azure, The option Retain disk snapshots for undo failover operation must be selected to enable undo failover after failover operations.

  4. Click Yes.


  • Source VMs are stopped.

  • Replication is disabled for the VMs that failed over.

  • The destination VMs are powered on.