You can configure custom recovery steps to prompt users to perform tasks for a virtual machine before and after the virtual machine powers on.

Site Recovery Manager associates message prompt steps with a protected virtual machine in the same way as customization information. If different recovery plans contain the same virtual machine, the commands and prompts are the same.


You have a recovery plan to which to add custom steps.


  1. Click Recovery Plans in the Site Recovery Manager interface, and select a recovery plan.
  2. Click the Virtual Machines tab.
  3. Right-click a virtual machine and click Configure.
  4. Select Pre-Power On Steps or Post Power On Steps in the left pane, and click Add.
  5. Select Prompt.
  6. In the Name text box, type a name for the step.
  7. In the Content text box, type the prompt message.
  8. Click OK to add the step to the recovery plan.
  9. Click OK to reconfigure the virtual machine to prompt the user with a message before or after it powers on.