You can monitor the status of a virtual machine in a protection group and determine the operation that is allowed in each state.

Table 1. Virtual Machine Protection States
State Description
Placeholder VM Not Found

You deleted the placeholder virtual machine.

The Restore Placeholder icon is enabled.

Original protected VM not found

You deleted the original production virtual machine after failover and before reprotect.

The Restore Placeholder icon is enabled.

Datastore name used by VM is missing from group

The virtual machine requires a datastore that is not in the protection group.

Edit the protection group to include the datastore.

Datastore name used by VM is protected in a different group

The virtual machine requires a datastore that is in a different protection group.

Remove the datastore from the other protection group and edit the current protection group to include the datastore.

You cannot include a datastore in two protection groups.

Device not found: device name

You added an unreplicated disk or device to a protected virtual machine.

You must edit the replication of the virtual machine to either include or remove the device from protection.

Mapping missing: Folder name; Network name ; Resource pool name

Folder, resource pool, or network mappings are not configured for this VM.

Fix the inventory mappings for the site or manually configure the virtual machine.

Placeholder VM creation error: error string from server

Error during placeholder virtual machine creation.


The protected virtual machine exists, and both provider and placeholder status are clean.

Invalid: error

The virtual machine is not valid because the home datastore is not replicated or the virtual machine has been deleted.

The error string from the server contains the details.

Remove protection from the virtual machine manually.

Not configured

You added a new virtual machine after creating the protection group.

Use Configure All to configure protection on the virtual machine.

Error: error

Error can be one of the following:

  • Recovery site resource pool, folder, or network are not in the same data center.
  • Placeholder datastore not found.
  • Any vCenter Server error that occurred when creating placeholder, such as connection or permission problems.
Configuring protection

Virtual machine operation.

Removing protection

Virtual machine operation.

Restoring placeholder

Virtual machine operation.


Appears briefly while the interface is loading until the virtual machine status appears.

Mapping Conflict

Site Recovery Manager Server reported an inventory conflict.

The resource pool and folder of the virtual machine are in different data centers.

Replication Error

vSphere Replication reports an error about the virtual machine.

Replication Warning

vSphere Replication reports a warning about the virtual machine.