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.

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 Client, click Site Recovery > Open Site Recovery.
  2. On the Site Recovery home tab, select a site pair, and click View Details.
  3. Select the Recovery Plans tab, right-click on a recovery plan and select Delete.
    You cannot delete recovery plans that are running.
  4. Select the Protection Groups tab, click on a protection group, and select the Virtual Machines tab.
  5. 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.
  6. In the Protection Groups tab, right-click a protection group and select Delete .
    You cannot delete a protection group that is included in a recovery plan. You cannot delete vSphere Replication protection groups that contain virtual machines on which protection is still configured.
  7. Select Site Pair > Configure, and remove all inventory mappings.
    1. Click each of the Network Mappings, Folder Mappings, and Resource Mappings tabs.
    2. In each tab, select a site, right-click a mapping, and select Delete.
  8. For both sites, click Placeholder Datastores, right-click the placeholder datastore, and select Remove.
  9. (Optional) If you use array-based replication, select Configure > Array Based Replication > Array Pairs, and remove all array pairs.
    1. Select an array pair, click Array Pair, and click Disable.
    2. Click Array Manager Pair and click Remove.
  10. Select Site Pair > Summary, and click Break Site Pair.
    Breaking the site pairing removes all information related to registering Site Recovery Manager with Site Recovery Managerand vCenter Server 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 Deploy the Site Recovery Manager Virtual Appliance.
    Important: The new Site Recovery Manager instance must have the same Site Recovery Manager extension ID as the existing site.
  • Optionally uregister Site Recovery Manager Server from the previous remote site. For instructions about unregistering Site Recovery Manager Server, see the steps of Unregister the Site Recovery Manager Appliance 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.