When you test a recovery plan, Site Recovery Manager runs the virtual machines of the recovery plan on a test network and on a temporary snapshot of replicated data at the recovery site. Site Recovery Manager does not disrupt operations at the protected site.

About this task

Testing a recovery plan runs all the steps in the plan, except for powering down virtual machines at the protected site and forcing devices at the recovery site to assume mastership of replicated data. If the plan requires the suspension of local virtual machines at the recovery site, Site Recovery Manager suspends those virtual machines during the test. Running a test of a recovery plan makes no other changes to the production environment at either site.

Testing a recovery plan creates a snapshot on the recovery site of all of the disk files of the virtual machines in the recovery plan. The creation of the snapshots adds to the I/O latency on the storage. If you notice slower response times when you test recovery plans and you are using VMware Virtual SAN storage, monitor the I/O latency by using the monitoring tool in the Virtual SAN interface.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, select Site Recovery > Recovery Plans, and select a recovery plan.
  2. Right-click the plan and select Test. You can also run the test from the Recovery Steps tab.
  3. (Optional) Select Replicate recent changes to recovery site.

    Selecting this option ensures that the recovery site has the latest copy of protected virtual machines, but the synchronization might take more time.

  4. Click Next.
  5. Review the test information and click Finish.
  6. Click the Recovery Steps tab to monitor the progress of the test and respond to messages.

    The Recovery Steps tab displays the progress of individual steps. The Test task in Recent Tasks tracks overall progress.


    Site Recovery Manager runs recovery steps in the prescribed order, except that it does not wait for the Prepare Storage step to finish for all protection groups before continuing to the next steps.

What to do next

Run a cleanup operation after the recovery plan test finishes to restore the recovery plan to its original state from before the test.