Enabling Point-in-Time Failovers


You can retain point-in-time recovery snapshots for replication operations on the destination site. For each incremental replication, the replication operation creates a recovery point snapshot. The destination site retains the number of snapshots that you specify.


  • Retaining a large number of recovery points increases the amount of storage that is required on the destination site.

  • Writing changes to recovery point snapshots is slower than writing directly to a destination VM. If you enable point-in-time failovers using recovery points, then replication takes a longer amount of time.

You can use this feature when you replicate virtual machines for the VMware hypervisor, using When point-in-time recovery snapshots are available on the destination site, you can perform a failover operation to a specific recovery point. If you perform a point-in-time failover operation, you can revert to a stable VM state if the source VM becomes corrupt and the latest replication cannot create a valid VM on the destination site.

Before You Begin

For VMware destination sites: To perform failover, test boot, and failback operations for VMware destination sites, VMware tools must be installed on the source VMs before replicating the VMs.


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

    The Recovery groups page appears.

  2. In the Group name column, click a replication group.

    The page for the group appears.

  3. Click Edit.

  4. On the Replication options page, expand the Advanced options section.

  5. In the Snapshots to retain on destination VM box, enter the number of snapshots to maintain.

    You can specify up to 10 recovery points.

  6. From the navigation pane, go to Monitoring > Replication monitor.

    The Replication monitor page appears.

  7. In the Actions column for a replication pair, click the action button, point to Failover, and then click Point in time.

    The Point in time failover dialog box appears.

  8. Select a recovery point, and then click Submit.