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

About this task

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.