You can remove a virtual machine from vCloud Availability by running an Unprotect task.

By running an Unprotect task, you stop the replication data from the source to the target site. After the Unprotect task completes, the virtual machine runs in the source site.


  • Verify that the virtual machine that you want to remove from vCloud Availability is protected.

  • Verify that no Failover and no Failback tasks are run on the virtual machine. After you run a Failover or a Failback task on a virtual machine, you can only run a Detach task on the same virtual machine.


  1. Log in to the vCloud Availability Portal using Organization administrator credentials.
  2. In the Workloads list or in the Reversed tab, locate the virtual machine on which you want to run an Unprotect task.
  3. Call out the Actions pane by clicking the virtual machine.
  4. Click Unprotect.
  5. In the Actions pane, click Confirm.

    You can monitor the progress of the task in the Actions pane.


The virtual machine is no longer protected by the vCloud Availability solution and disappears from the virtual machines lists in the vCloud Availability Portal, but the vSphere Replication Appliance in the on-premise environment displays an active replication for the same virtual machine.

What to do next

Stop the replication for the virtual machine in your on-premise environment. For more information, see topic Stop Replicating a Virtual Machine in the VMware vSphere Replication Administration Guide.