If the protected source site is unavailable, in the destination site perform a workload disaster recovery operation.


Important: Before performing failover:
  • Verify that in the destination datastore for sites running versions earlier than VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.2, at least double the allocated storage of the virtual machine including RAM size, is available. For information about the storage requirements and examples, see Deployment Requirements in the VMware Cloud Director Availability Installation, Configuration, and Upgrade Guide in the Cloud then select your VMware Cloud Director Availability version.
  • Verify that in VMware Cloud Director, the VM discovery option is not activated. For information about deactivating virtual machine discovery, see Discovering and Adopting vApps in the VMware Cloud Director documentation.
  • Verify that the vApp or the virtual machine is protected in the destination site. For more information, see Create a Protection.
  • Verify that VMware Cloud Director Availability is deployed in both the source and in the destination sites.
  • Verify that you can access VMware Cloud Director Availability as a tenant or as a service provider. For more information, see Accessing VMware Cloud Director Availability.


  1. In the left pane, choose a replication direction..
  2. Select the protected vApp or virtual machine to fail over and click All actions > Failover.
  3. In the Failover wizard, configure your selected workload for the failover.
    1. On the Recovery Settings page, configure the recovered workload and click Next.
      Option Description
      Consolidate VM disks

      Select this option for a better performance of the recovered virtual machines at the expense of the failover task taking longer to complete.

      Power on recovered vApps

      Select this option to power on the virtual machines on the destination site after the task completes.

      Network settings
      • Select Apply preconfigured network settings on failover, to assign the network configured during the virtual machine replication.
      • Select Connect all VMs to network and from the drop-down menu select a network to connect the replicated virtual machines to.
    2. On the Recovery Instance page, configure the recovery point in time and click Next.
      Option Description
      Synchronize all VMs to their current state

      Creates an instance of the powered on workload with its latest changes and uses that instance for the failover task.

      Manually select existing instance

      Select an instance without synchronizing the data for the recovered workload.

    3. On the Ready To Complete page, review the task details and click Finish.
  4. In the bottom pane, to monitor the progress of the task, click the Tasks tab.


After the failover task finishes, the failed over workload is running in the destination site and the workload is no longer protected upon the task completion. For the vApp and its virtual machines, in the Recovery state column you see a Failed-Over state.

What to do next

  • You can reverse and reprotect the workload back to the source site. For more information, see Perform a Reverse Task.
  • You can permanently stop the replication traffic, remove the replication from the vApp and virtual machine list, and remove all retained replication instances, by clicking Delete.