Performing an Unplanned Failover for a Continuous Replication Group


You can perform an unplanned failover operation for an entire replication group to make the destination VMs active in an emergency situation. 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: If a continuous replication group has custom IP address settings, failover operations fail for any VMs configured with an encrypted OS disk.


  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 Unplanned failover.

    The Unplanned failover dialog box appears.

  4. Click Submit.

    The failover occurs to the most recent recovery point.


  • Operations move to the destination VMs.

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