Reprotect results in the reconfiguration of Site Recovery Manager protection groups and recovery plans to work in the opposite direction. After a reprotect operation, you can recover virtual machines back to the original site using a planned migration workflow.


See Preconditions for Performing Reprotect.


  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 a recovery plan and select Reprotect.
  4. Select the check box to confirm that you understand that the reprotect operation is irreversible.
  5. (Optional) Select the Force Cleanup check box to ignore errors during the cleanup operation on the recovery site, and click Next.
    The Force Cleanup option is only available after you have performed an initial reprotect operation that has experienced errors.
  6. Review the reprotect information and click Finish.
  7. Select the recovery plan and click Recovery Steps tab to monitor the progress of the reprotect operation.
  8. When the reprotect operation finishes, select the recovery plan, click History, and click the Export report for selected history item button.
    The recovery plan can return to the ready state even if errors occurred during the reprotect operation. Check the history report for the reprotect operation to make sure that no errors occurred. If errors did occur during reprotect, attempt to fix the errors and run a test recovery to make sure that the errors are fixed. If you do not fix errors that occurred during reprotect and you subsequently attempt to run planned migration or disaster recovery without fixing them, some virtual machines might fail to recover.


Site Recovery Manager reverses the recovery site and protected sites. Site Recovery Manager creates placeholder copies of virtual machines from the new protected site at the new recovery site.