Adding a Failover Group


Add a failover group to provide orchestration for virtual machines from the same hypervisor.

Before You Begin

  • To be included in a failover group, virtual machines must already be part of a replication group.

  • For VMware destination sites: To use a failover group for test failover operations, configure a recovery target to support virtual lab options.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Disaster recovery > Replication.

    The Replication groups page appears.

  2. On the Failover groups tab, in the upper-right area of the page, click Add failover group.

    The Add failover group page appears.

  3. Enter the following information:

    • Group name: Enter a descriptive name for the group.

    • Server groups / Hypervisors: You can select server groups or servers (hypervisors) to add all virtual machines that are part of the group or hypervisor and have been configured for replication.

      After adding a group or server, select the check box to the left of each virtual machine that you want to include in the failover group.

    • When you add virtual machines, the table in the Machines area is populated with the following information:

      • Source VM: The source VM.

      • Destination VM: The destination VM at the DR site, based on the configuration of the VM for replication.

      • Last sync time: The time when the snapshot was taken during the latest replication of the source VM.

      • Schedule name: The replication schedule associated with the replication pair.

      • Priority: As needed, set the priority for each virtual machine. VMs with lower priority numbers will be processed first during failover or failback operations.

      • Actions: Click the action button to select an action: Add pre script or Add post script.

        For instructions about how to add pre script options, see Adding a Pre Script.

        For instructions about how to add post script options, see Adding a Post Script.

    • Group details:

      • Delay between different priority machines (in mins): Enter a value in minutes to specify how long the failover or failback operation should wait between processing VMs that are assigned different priorities.

        This setting can be used to enable higher priority machines to start before processing the next set of machines.

      • Continue to next priority on failure: To continue failover or failback operations when a VM cannot be included in the operation, select this option.

        If you do not select this option, the failover or failback operation stops when a VM cannot be processed successfully.

      • Approval required for failover and failback: If failover or failback operations should pend until they are approved by an administrator, select this option.

      • User for approval: Select a user who must approve any failover or failback operations.

        If you selected Approval required for failover and failback, the user must approve the operation before it starts, by clicking the appropriate link in the email that is sent to request approval.

      • Test failover target: (only for VMware destinations) To use the failover group for test failover operations, select a previously defined replication target that has been configured to support test failover operations.

  4. Click Save.