To perform maintenance operations on a local datastore in the cloud site, you must first remove all incoming replications and replication data placed on that datastore. To evacuate the replications from the datastore at once, you apply an alternative storage policy to all incoming replications on the datastore.

  • Evacuating a datastore might take several hours to complete and depends on the amount of data to be transferred.
  • Evacuating datastore clusters is not supported. Such datastores are not listed, even when used as the replications destination storage policy.


Verify that VMware Cloud Director Availability is successfully deployed in the cloud site.


  1. Log in to the management interface of the Cloud Replication Management Appliance.
    1. In a Web browser, go to https://Appliance-IP-Address/ui/admin.
    2. Select Appliance login or SSO login and enter the root or the single sign-on user credentials.
    3. Click Login.
  2. In the left pane, click Datastores.
  3. To see a filter showing the replications that are placed on the highlighted datastore, click Preview.
  4. Select a local datastore that lists a replications counter and click Evacuate.
  5. In the Evacuate datastore window, select the destination storage policy for all incoming replications residing on the datastore and click Apply.
    • Reset current storage policy apply the current storage policy to each matching replication. After removing or adding datastores to the storage policy, this option can move the replication replica files, to make the matching replications compliant with their storage policy.
    • Any store all the replications to all the shared datastores to which the Any storage policy is applied.
    • pVDC Storage policy apply the selected storage policy to all matching replications. If the pVDC Storage policy is not exposed to a tenant data center, the replications of this tenant remain placed on the datastore.


VMware Cloud Director Availability applies the selected storage policy and starts evacuating the incoming replications and replica files from the selected local datastore in the cloud site.

What to do next

You can track the progress of the Change storage profiles task by clicking System Tasks in the left pane.