You can induce a failover situation for a selected Primary VM to test your Fault Tolerance protection.

This option is unavailable (dimmed) if the virtual machine is powered off.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, browse to the Primary VM for which you want to test failover.
  2. Right-click the virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions > Fault Tolerance > Test Failover.
  3. View details about the failover in the Task Console.


This task induces failure of the Primary VM to ensure that the Secondary VM replaces it. A new Secondary VM is also started placing the Primary VM back in a Protected state.