You can monitor the status of a virtual machine in a protection group and determine the operation that is allowed in each state.

Table 1. Virtual Machine Protection States



Placeholder VM Not Found

You deleted the placeholder virtual machine. The Restore Placeholder icon is enabled.

Original protected VM not found

You deleted the original production virtual machine after failover and before reprotect. The Restore Placeholder icon is enabled.

Mapping missing: Folder name; Network name ; Resource pool name

Folder, resource pool, or network mappings are not configured for this VM. Fix the inventory mappings for the site or manually configure the virtual machine.

Placeholder VM creation error: error string from server

Error during placeholder virtual machine creation.


The protected virtual machine exists, and both provider and placeholder status are clean.

Invalid: error

The virtual machine is not valid because the home datastore is not replicated or the virtual machine has been deleted. The error string from the server contains the details. Remove protection from the virtual machine manually.

Not configured

You added a new virtual machine after creating the protection group. Use Configure All to configure protection on the virtual machine.

Error: error

Error can be one of the following:

  • Recovery site resource pool, folder, or network are not in the same datacenter.

  • Placeholder datastore not found.

  • Any vCenter Server error that occurred when creating placeholder, such as connection or permission problems.

Configuring protection

Virtual machine operation.

Removing protection

Virtual machine operation.

Restoring placeholder

Virtual machine operation.


Appears briefly while the interface is loading until the virtual machine status appears.

Mapping Conflict

Site Recovery Manager Server reported an inventory conflict. The resource pool and folder of the virtual machine are in different datacenters.

Replication Error

vSphere Replication reports an error about the virtual machine.

Replication Warning

vSphere Replication reports a warning about the virtual machine.