Testing Failover or Cloning VMs for a Continuous Replication Pair


You can recover a virtual machine at the destination using the test failover option for a disaster recovery (DR) test.

When you request a test failover, you can use the latest updates or select a specific recovery point.

Note: When you initiate a test failover operation, the vMotion will be disabled on the test failover VM in the DR site and will be enabled back after the completion of job.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Auto recovery > Recovery Monitor.

    The Recovery Monitor page appears.

  2. On the Continuous tab, in the Actions column for a replication pair, click the action button , and then select Test failover.

    The Test failover dialog box appears.

  3. In the New virtual machine name box, enter the name for the VM.

  4. For New virtual machine expiration time, you can modify the default value of 2 hours.

  5. For Recovery type, select one of the following values:

    • Oldest point in time: Perform the boot from the current version of the destination VM.

      This is the only supported value for Live recovery. Other values are available only for Granular recovery.

    • Select from graph: Click a recovery point in the graph.

    • Recovery point time: Select this option, and then select a recovery point from the Select recovery point list.

    • Application consistent recovery point time: Select this option, and then select a recovery point from the Select recovery point list.

      This option is available only if you configured the replication pair to create application-consistent recovery points.

  6. To restore to a specific host, select Override boot options, and then provide the following information:

    • For Destination host, enter the host name or click Browse to select an ESX host.

      Select an ESX server from a cluster that meets continuous replication requirements. The ESX server must have access to the same datastore as the VM selected for the test failover operation.

    • From the Destination network list, select a network or Not Connected.

  7. Click Save.

View Test Failover VMs

In the page and group-level actions menu, when you click View test failover VMs, you can view a report with the test failover or cloned DR VMs that includes the following information and actions:

  • Status: In progress, Success, Failed, Expired, Deleted

  • Type: Test failover, Clone DR VM

  • Applicable actions: Delete (for cloned VMs), Extend Expiration (for test failover VMs).