You can configure how a virtual machine starts up and shuts down on the recovery site during a recovery.

About this task

You can configure whether to shut down the guest operating system of a virtual machine before it powers off on the protected site. You can configure whether to power on a virtual machine on the recovery site. You can also configure delays after powering on a virtual machine to allow VMware Tools or other applications to start on the recovered virtual machine before the recovery plan continues.

Prerequisites

You created a recovery plan.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Web Client, select Site Recovery > Recovery Plans, and select a recovery plan.
  2. On the Related Objects tab, click Virtual Machines.
  3. Right-click a virtual machine and select Configure Recovery.
  4. Expand Shutdown Action and select the shutdown method for this virtual machine.

    Option

    Description

    Shutdown guest OS before power off

    Gracefully shuts down the virtual machine before powering it off. You can set a timeout period for the shutdown operation. Setting the timeout period to 0 is equivalent to the Power off option. This option requires that VMware Tools are running on the virtual machine.

    Power off

    Powers off the virtual machine without shutting down the guest operating system.

  5. Expand Startup Action and select whether to power on the virtual machine after a recovery.

    Option

    Description

    Power on

    Powers on the virtual machine on the recovery site.

    Do not power on

    Recovers the virtual machine but does not power it on.

  6. (Optional) : Select or deselect the Wait for VMware tools check box.

    This option is only available if you selected Power on in 5.

    If you select Wait for VMware tools, Site Recovery Manager waits until VMware Tools starts after powering on the virtual machine before the recovery plan continues to the next step. You can set a timeout period for VMware Tools to start.

  7. (Optional) : Select or deselect the Additional Delay before running Post Power On steps and starting dependent VMs check box and specify the time for the additional delay.

    This option is only available if you selected Power on in 5.

    For example, you might specify an additional delay after powering on a virtual machine to allow applications to start up that another virtual machine depends on.