Performing a Planned Failover for a Continuous Replication Group


You can perform a planned failover operation for an entire replication group during maintenance on the source sites. Only VMs that are eligible fail over. After a replication group failover, replication operations are disabled for the VMs that failed over. You can perform a replication group failback operation to return replication operations to all source sites in the replication group.

Before You Begin

Create a continuous replication group.

Note: You cannot customize IP address settings for VMs with encrypted disks. If you configure custom IP address settings for a replication group that includes VMs with encrypted disks, failover operations fail for those VMs.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Disaster Recovery.

    The Replication groups page appears.

  2. Under Group name, click a replication group.

    The replication group details page appears.

  3. On the Overview tab, in the upper-right area of the page, click Planned failover.

    The Planned failover dialog box appears.

  4. Click Submit.

    The failover occurs to the most recent recovery point.


  • The source VMs are turned off.

  • Operations move to the destination VMs.

  • If errors occur during a planned failover, the job fails and the source VMs are powered off. You must power on the source VMs manually, and then perform a resume operation.