When not using Recovery Settings, activating the replication of guest customization settings applies VMware Cloud Director Guest Customization settings per VM.

In some cases, replicating the source guest customization settings is not desirable, and you can control it when some environment-specific settings are needed only in the source site and never in the recovery site. For example, having a template to spawn new virtual machines from the source site, might include guest customization script to setup the new VM or apply custom domain settings for Windows VMs. Replicating those customization settings to the recovery site might cause harm and you can deactivate replicating them.

Activating the guest customization settings replication functionality applies VMware Cloud Director guest customization settings per VM when not overwritten by using Recovery Settings. Otherwise, guest customization settings need to be specified manually. For information about configuring the Recovery Settings, see Configure recovery settings and guest customization.


Verify that VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.6 or later is deployed.


  1. In the left pane, under Configuration, click Settings.
  2. On the Settings page, under Site settings next to Replicate Source VM Guest Customization settings, click Edit.
  3. In the Replicate Source VM Guest Customization settings window, activate or deactivate the toggle whether the guest customization replicates from VMware Cloud Director, then click Apply.