Failover and Failback Orchestration for Microsoft Azure Stack

You can execute a planned or unplanned failover to a disaster recovery (DR) site, or a failback to revert to a primary site.

Failover and failback operations are only supported for regular streaming backups or auxiliary copies.

Planned Failover

Performs a planned failover so that you can test the failover process or perform maintenance on your primary site.

A planned failover triggers the following actions:

  1. Power off the source VMs.
  2. Perform an incremental backup of the source VMs to capture the latest data.
  3. Run Live Sync to apply the most recent updates for destination instances in the disaster recovery site.
  4. Disable Live Sync.

Unplanned Failover

In the event that the primary site is unavailable, this option switches over to the DR site immediately.

An unplanned failover triggers the following actions:

  1. Power off the source VMs.
  2. Disable Live Sync.
  3. Start destination instances at the disaster recovery site.

Note: For an unplanned failover, some changes on the source VM might not be synced to the destination instance. For this reason, it is best to use the Failback option only after a planned failover.


After a failover, you can perform a failback operation to move instances back to the original primary site or a new primary site.

If the original VM still exists on the primary site, you can use Live Sync to update the original VM with any data that changed on the DR site.

If the original VM needs to be recreated, you can restore the full instance from the DR site.

A failback triggers the following actions:

  1. Power off the DR instances.
  2. Perform an incremental backup of the DR instances.
  3. Run replication to the primary site.
  4. Power on the replicated VMs at the primary site.
  5. Enable Live Sync on the primary site.

Note: If you fail back to a different site than the original VM, or if the source VM no longer exists at the primary site, make sure the new primary VM is included in a subclient for backups. Also, either edit the existing Live Sync schedule to remove and add the new primary VM, or create a new Live Sync schedule to include the VM. The next Live Sync operation will fully replicate the source virtual machine.

Last modified: 6/7/2018 8:48:21 PM