Performing an Unplanned Failover for a Continuous Replication Pair


You can perform an unplanned failover operation to make the destination VM active in an emergency.

After a failover, you can perform a resume operation to return replication operations to the source VM.

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 > Recovery Monitor.

    The Recovery Monitor page appears.

  2. On the Continuous tab, in the row for the replication pair that you want to fail over, click the action button , and then select Unplanned failover.

    The Unplanned failover dialog box appears.

  3. From the Recover from list, select one of the following values:

    • Oldest point in time: Perform the failover from the oldest available recovery point of the destination VM.

      This is the only supported value for Live recovery because only one copy of the destination VM is maintained. Other values are available only for Granular recovery.

    • Latest recovery point: Perform the failover from the most recent recovery point.

  4. 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 unplanned failover operation.

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

    • In Network settings and IP address settings, specify IP customization settings.

  5. Click Save.


  • Operations move to the destination VM.

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