You can create protection groups that contain virtual machines that vSphere Replication protects.

You can organize protection groups in folders. Different views in the Recovery interface display the names of the protection groups, but they do not display the folder names. If you have two protection groups with the same name in different folders, it might be difficult to tell them apart in some views in the Recovery interface. Consequently, ensure that protection group names are unique across all folders. In environments in which not all users have view privileges for all folders, to be sure of the uniqueness of protection group names, do not place protection groups in folders.

When you create a vSphere Replication protection group, you can add to the protection group any virtual machines that you configured for vSphere Replication.


Use the vSphere Client to configure vSphere Replication for virtual machines. See Configure Replication for a Single Virtual Machine or Configure Replication for Multiple Virtual Machines.


  1. Click Protection Groups in the Site Recovery Manager interface and click Create Protection Group.
  2. Select the site to be the protected site, select vSphere Replication, and click Next.
  3. Select virtual machines from the list and click Next.
    Only virtual machines that you configured for vSphere Replication and that are not already in a protection group appear in the list.
  4. Type a name and optional description for the protection group, and click Next.
  5. Click Finish to create the protection group.

What to do next

Create a recovery plan with which to associate your protection groups. See Create a Recovery Plan.