Site Recovery Manager can suspend virtual machines on the recovery site during a recovery and a test recovery.

About this task

Suspending virtual machines on the recovery site is useful in active-active datacenter environments and where non-critical workloads run on recovery sites. By suspending any virtual machines that host non-critical workloads on the recovery site, Site Recovery Manager frees capacity for the recovered virtual machines.

You can only add virtual machines to suspend at the recovery site. To suspend virtual machines at both the protected and recovery sites, you must perform a recovery and then reverse protection by performing a reprotect operation before you can add virtual machines to suspend at the original protected site. If you configure virtual machines to suspend at both sites, the plan starts virtual machines at one site and suspends them at the other with each recovery that you run.

Procedure

  1. On the recovery site, click Recovery Plans in the left pane and select the recovery plan to edit.
  2. Click the Recovery Steps tab and click Add Non-Critical VM.
  3. Expand the hierarchical list to select virtual machines on the recovery site to suspend during a recovery.
  4. Click OK.

Results

Site Recovery Manager suspends the virtual machines on the recovery site when the recovery plan runs.