Site Recovery Manager can suspend virtual machines on the recovery site during a recovery and a test recovery.

Suspending virtual machines on the recovery site is useful in active-active data center environments and where non-critical workloads run on recovery sites. By suspending any virtual machines that host non-critical workloads on the recovery site, Site Recovery Manager frees capacity for the recovered virtual machines. Site Recovery Manager resumes virtual machines that are suspended during a failover operation when the failover runs in the opposite direction.

You can only add virtual machines to suspend at the recovery site.


  1. In the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client, click Site Recovery > Open Site Recovery.
  2. On the Site Recovery home tab, select a site pair, and click View Details.
  3. Click the Recovery Plans tab, click a recovery plan, and click Recovery Steps.
  4. Right-click Suspend non-critical VMs at recovery site and click Add or Remove Non-Critical VM.
  5. Select virtual machines on the recovery site to suspend during a recovery.
  6. Click Save.


Site Recovery Manager suspends the virtual machines on the recovery site when the recovery plan runs.