Validate the data from the source site replicates correctly in the destination site by performing a test failover.

You perform a test failover for a replication and then delete the test data.

Test Failover Workflow: Protected>Test>Failover Test Ready>Cleanup


  • Verify that vCloud Availability is deployed in both the source and in the destination sites.
  • Verify that the vApp or the virtual machine is protected in the destination site, before you test the failover.


  1. In the left pane, choose a replication direction.
  2. To test failover of a virtual machine, in the top of the page click the VM button, or to test failover a vApp, click the vApp button.
  3. Select the protected vApp or virtual machine to fail over and click Test Failover.
  4. In the Test Failover wizard, configure your selected workload for the failover test.
    1. On the Recovery Settings page, configure the recovered workload and click Next.
      Option Description
      Power on recovered vApps

      Select 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 test failover.

      Manually select existing instance

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

    3. On the Ready To Complete page, review the test details and click Finish.
    In the Last changed column, you can monitor the progress of the test.


After the test finishes, for the vApp and its virtual machines in the Recovery state column you see a Test image ready state.

What to do next

You can perform a failover, test cleanup, or edit the replication settings. If you no longer have to protect the workload, you can delete the replication to remove it from the vApp and virtual machine list.