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

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


Launch the vSphere Client and log in to a vCenter Server system.


  1. In the vSphere Client, select the Hosts & Clusters view.
  2. Right-click the fault tolerant virtual machine and select Fault Tolerance > Test Failover.


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.