You can adjust default values for timeouts that occur when you test or run a recovery plan. You might adjust default values if tasks fail to finish because of timeouts.

About this task

Several types of timeouts can occur when recovery plan steps run. These timeouts cause the plan to pause for a specified interval to give the step time to finish.

Site Recovery Manager applies some advanced settings to a virtual machine at the moment that you configure protection on that virtual machine:

  • recovery.defaultPriority

  • recovery.powerOnTimeout

  • recovery.powerOnDelay

  • recovery.customizationTimeout

  • recovery.skipGuestShutdown

  • recovery.powerOffTimeout

If you change any of these advanced settings after you have configured the protection of a virtual machine, the new settings do not apply to that virtual machine. Modifications to these advanced settings apply only to virtual machines that you protect after you changed the settings. This is by design, because if Site Recovery Manager were to apply changed advanced settings to virtual machines on which you have already configured protection, this could lead to unwanted changes in the protection of those virtual machines.

To apply the changes that you make in these advanced settings to virtual machines that you have previously protected, you must reconfigure those virtual machines individually. For example, if you reconfigure the defaultPriority setting, you can manually reconfigure the priority of a previously protected virtual machine to match the new defaultPriority setting. You can also apply all of the new advanced settings by removing the protection from a virtual machine by removing it from a protection group and then adding it back in the protection group. Adding the virtual machine back in the protection group will apply the newer advanced settings to the virtual machine.

Procedure

  1. Click Sites in the Site Recovery Manager interface, right-click the site on which to change settings, and select Advanced Settings.
  2. Click recovery.
  3. Modify the recovery site settings.

    Option

    Action

    Change the IP customization timeout

    Type a new value in the recovery.customizationTimeout text box.

    Change the default priority for recovering a virtual machine

    Type a new value in the recovery.defaultPriority text box.

    Enable or disable forced recovery

    Select or deselect the recovery.forceRecovery check box. You should only activate forced recovery in cases where a lack of connectivity to the protected site severely affects RTO.

    Change the timeout for hosts in a cluster to power on

    Type a new value in the recovery.hostPowerOnTimeout text box.

    Change the timeout for guest OS to power off

    Type a new value in the recovery.powerOffTimeout text box. The new time-out value applies to power-off tasks for virtual machines at the recovery site.

    Change the delay after powering on a virtual machine before starting dependent tasks

    Type a new value in the recovery.powerOnDelay text box. The new value applies to power-on tasks for virtual machines at the recovery site.

    Change the timeout to wait for VMware Tools when powering on virtual machines

    Type a new value in the recovery.powerOnTimeout text box. The new power-on value applies to power-on tasks for virtual machines at the recovery site. If protected virtual machines do not have VMware Tools installed, set this value to 0.

    Enable or disable skipping the shutdown of the guest OS

    Select or deselect the recovery.skipGuestShutdown check box. If protected virtual machines do not have VMware Tools installed and the guest shutdown timeout is not set to 0, you must select this option. If you do not select this option and VMware Tools is not installed, a recovery cannot progress past the step Shutdown VMs at the recovery site.

  4. Click OK to save your changes.