Reprotect results in the reconfiguration of Site Recovery Manager protection groups and recovery plans to work in the opposite direction. After a reprotect operation, you can recover virtual machines back to the original site using a planned migration workflow.


See Preconditions for Performing Reprotect.


  1. In the vSphere 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, right-click a recovery plan, and click Reprotect.
  4. Select the check box to confirm that you understand that the reprotect operation is irreversible.
  5. (Optional) To ignore errors during the cleanup operation on the recovery site, select the Force Cleanup check box, and click Next.
    The Force Cleanup option is only available after you perform an initial reprotect operation that experiences errors.
  6. Review the reprotect information and click Finish.
  7. To monitor the progress of the reprotect operation, select the recovery plan and click Recovery Steps tab.
  8. When the reprotect operation finishes, select the recovery plan, click History, and click the Export report for selected history item button.
    The recovery plan can return to the ready state even if errors occurred during the reprotect operation. Check the history report for the reprotect operation to make sure that no errors occurred. If errors did occur during reprotect, attempt to fix the errors and run a test recovery to make sure that the errors are fixed. If you do not fix errors that occurred during reprotect and you subsequently attempt to run a planned migration or a disaster recovery without fixing them, some virtual machines might fail to recover.


Site Recovery Manager reverses the recovery site and protected sites. Site Recovery Manager creates placeholder copies of virtual machines from the new protected site at the new recovery site.