If you no longer require VMware Site Recovery, you must follow the correct procedure to cleanly deactivate the service.

Activating VMware Site Recovery, creating inventory mappings, protecting virtual machines by creating protection groups, and creating and running recovery plans makes significant changes on both the protected and the remote sites. Before you deactivate VMware Site Recovery, you must remove all VMware Site Recovery configurations from both sites in the correct order. If you do not remove all configurations before deactivating VMware Site Recovery, some components, such as placeholder virtual machines, might remain in your infrastructure.

Deactivating VMware Site Recovery removes both Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.


  1. Log in to the VMware Cloud on AWS Console at https://vmc.vmware.com.
  2. Select your SDDC, and then click Open vCenter.
  3. Log in to the vSphere Client.
  4. In the vSphere Client, click Site Recovery > Open Site Recovery.
  5. On the Site Recovery home tab, select a site pair and click View Details.
  6. Click the Recovery Plans tab, right-click on a recovery plan and select Delete.
    You cannot delete recovery plans that are running.
  7. Click the Protection Groups tab, click a protection group, and select the Virtual Machines tab.
  8. Highlight all virtual machines, right-click, and select Remove Protection.
    Removing protection from a virtual machine deletes the placeholder virtual machine from the recovery site. Repeat this operation for all protection groups.
  9. In the Protection Groups tab, right-click a protection group and select Delete .
    You cannot delete a protection group that is included in a recovery plan. You cannot delete vSphere Replication protection groups that contain virtual machines on which protection is still configured.
  10. Select Site Pair > Configure, and remove all inventory mappings.
    1. Click each of the Network Mappings, Folder Mappings, and Resource Mappings tabs.
    2. In each tab, select a site, right-click a mapping, and select Delete.
  11. For both sites, click Placeholder Datastores, right-click the placeholder datastore, and select Remove.
  12. Click the Replications tab, and select all replications from Outgoing replications and Incoming replications.
  13. Click the Remove icon.
    VMware Site Recovery asks you if you want to stop permanently the replication for the selected virtual machine.
    Note: The connection between the VMware Site Recovery sites must be working to stop a replication on both sites. Alternatively, you can force stop the replication on the local site by selecting Force stop replication. If the remote site is available, you must also use the Site Recovery user interface to force stop the corresponding replication on the remote site. If you force stop a forward replication, you can still recover the replication by using the Site Recovery user interface on the remote site.
  14. Click Remove to confirm that you want to stop replicating the virtual machines.
  15. Select Site Pair > Summary, and click Break Site Pair.
  16. Deactivate VMware Site Recovery.
    1. Log in to the VMC Console at https://vmc.vmware.com.
    2. Click your SDDC, and then click View Details.
    3. Select Site Recovery and click Deactivate.

What to do next

Inspect the target datastore for any leftover replica disks and files, and delete them.