If you no longer require Site Recovery Manager, you must follow the correct procedure to cleanly uninstall Site Recovery Manager.

About this task

Installing Site Recovery Manager, creating inventory mappings, protecting virtual machines by creating protection groups, and creating and running recovery plans makes significant changes on both Site Recovery Manager sites. Before you uninstall Site Recovery Manager, you must remove all Site Recovery Manager configurations from both sites in the correct order. If you do not remove all configurations before uninstalling Site Recovery Manager, some Site Recovery Manager components, such as placeholder virtual machines, might remain in your infrastructure.

If you use Site Recovery Manager with vSphere Replication, you can continue to use vSphere Replication after you uninstall Site Recovery Manager.


  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.

  9. Log into the Site Recovery Manager Server host for one of the sites.
  10. (Optional) If you use array-based replication, uninstall the storage replication adapter (SRA).

    For instructions about how to uninstall the SRA, see the documentation from the SRA provider.

  11. Use Windows Control Panel to uninstall Site Recovery Manager, selecting the option Delete Site Recovery Manager Data.

    Do not uninstall the Site Recovery Manager database before you uninstall Site Recovery Manager.

  12. (Optional) If you use the embedded database, use Windows Control Panel to uninstall the Site Recovery Manager Embedded Database.
  13. Repeat Step 9 to Step 12 on the other site.