DR Orchestration and Failover Groups

Failover groups provide orchestration of disaster recovery (DR) operations for a group of virtual machines (VMs), based on Live Sync replication to a DR site (also called destination site or secondary site).

Failover groups apply for destination sites using Amazon, Azure, Hyper-V, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, or VMware hypervisors.

You can use failover operations for the following scenarios:

  • Failback: Switch back to the primary site after a failover.


    • For replicated VMs from VMware IntelliSnap backups (Live Sync Direct), failback operations are supported only when replication is configured in the Command Center.
    • For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure destination sites, use Undo failover instead of Failback.
  • Planned failover: Switch to a DR site for maintenance of the primary site.
  • Point-in-time failover: (only for VMware destination sites) Select a point-in-time recovery point to use for a failover operation.

    Perform this operation from the Replication Monitor.

  • Reverse replication: (only for VMware destination sites) Replicate updates from a VM running on a secondary site to the primary site.

    Perform this operation from the Replication Monitor.

  • Test boot: (only for Hyper-V and VMware destination sites) Validate replicated VMs.
  • Test failover: (only for VMware destination sites) Validate a group of VMs.
  • Undo failover: (only for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and VMware destination sites) Discard changes from the secondary site and make the original source VM active.

    Perform this operation from the Replication Monitor.

  • Unplanned failover: Make the DR site active in an emergency. After a failover, you can perform a failback operation to return operations to the primary site.

Note: For VMware destination sites: To perform failover, test boot, and failback operations, VMware tools must be installed on the source VMs before performing the backup that is used to replicate the VMs.

Last modified: 9/20/2019 1:43:49 PM