To connect a Site Recovery Manager site to a new remote site, you must remove the existing Site Recovery Manager configurations and break the pairing between the existing sites.

About this task

Site pairing makes modifications on both Site Recovery Manager sites. You cannot reconfigure an existing pairing between Site Recovery Manager sites to connect Site Recovery Manager on one site to a new Site Recovery Manager site. You must remove all configuration from both sites in the existing pair, then break the connection between the sites before you can configure a new site pairing. You cannot break the site pairing until you have removed all existing configurations between the sites.


  • You have an existing Site Recovery Manager installation with two connected sites.

  • Make a full backup of the Site Recovery Manager database on both sites by using the tools that the database software provides. For instructions about how to back up the embedded database, see Back Up and Restore the Embedded vPostgres Database.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, click Site Recovery > Recovery Plans > Objects, highlight all recovery plans, right-click and select Delete Recovery Plan.

    You cannot delete recovery plans that are running.

  2. Select Site Recovery > Protection Groups, select a protection group, and click Related Objects > Virtual Machines.
  3. Highlight all virtual machines, right-click, and select Remove Protection.

    Removing protection from a virtual machine deletes the placeholder virtual machine from the recovery site. Repeat this operation for all protection groups.


    This step applies to array-based protection groups and to vSphere Replication protection groups. You cannot remove protection from virtual machines in storage policy protection groups. Skip this step for storage policy protection groups.

  4. In the Protection Groups > Objects tab, highlight all protection groups, right-click and select Delete Protection Group.

    You cannot delete a protection group that is included in a recovery plan. You cannot delete array-based or vSphere Replication protection groups that contain virtual machines on which protection is still configured.

  5. Select Site Recovery > Sites, select a site, click Manage, and remove all inventory mappings.
    1. Click each of the Network Mappings, Folder Mappings, Resource Mappings, and Storage Policy Mappings tabs.
    2. In each tab, right-click a mapping, and select Remove Mapping Type Mapping
  6. For both sites, click Placeholder Datastores, right-click the placeholder datastore, and select Remove Placeholder Datastore.
  7. (Optional) If you use array-based replication, select Site Recovery > Array-Based Replication, right-click the array manager and select Remove Array Manager.
  8. Select Site Recovery > Sites, right-click a site and select Break Pairing.

    Breaking the site pairing removes all information related to registering Site Recovery Manager with Site Recovery Manager, vCenter Server, and the Platform Services Controller on the remote site.


The connection between the sites is broken. You can reconfigure Site Recovery Manager to connect to a new remote site.

What to do next

  • Install a new Site Recovery Manager instance on the new remote site. For instructions about installing Site Recovery Manager, see Install Site Recovery Manager Server.


    The new Site Recovery Manager instance must have the same Site Recovery Manager extension ID as the existing site.

  • Optionally uninstall Site Recovery Manager Server from the previous remote site. For instructions about uninstalling Site Recovery Manager Server, see the steps of Uninstall Site Recovery Manager from the Break Pairing step onwards.

  • Reconfigure the inventory mappings and placeholder datastore mappings to map objects on the existing site to objects on the new remote site. For instructions about configuring mappings, see Site Recovery Manager Administration.

  • Reconfigure the replication of virtual machines from the existing site to the new remote site. For information about configuring array-based replication and vSphere Replication, see Replicating Virtual Machines in Site Recovery Manager Administration.

  • Create new protection groups and recovery plans to recover virtual machines to the new remote site. For information about creating protection groups and recovery plans, see Site Recovery Manager Administration.