You create protection groups to enable Site Recovery Manager to protect virtual machines.

About this task

When you create protection groups, wait to ensure that the operations finish as expected. Make sure that Site Recovery Manager creates the protection group and that the protection of the virtual machines in the group is successful.


Verify that you performed one of the following tasks:

  • Included virtual machines in datastores for which you configured array-based replication

  • Configured vSphere Replication on virtual machines

  • Performed a combination of some or all of the above


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, select Site Recovery > Protection Groups.
  2. On the Objects tab, click the icon to create a protection group.
  3. On the Protection group type page, select the protected site, select the replication type, and click Next.



    Array-based replication groups

    Select Array Based Replication (ABR) and select an array pair.

    vSphere Replication protection group

    Select vSphere Replication.

  4. Select datastore groups or virtual machines to add to the protection group.



    Array-based replication protection groups

    Select datastore groups and click Next.

    vSphere Replication protection groups

    Select virtual machines from the list, and click Next.

    When you create vSphere Replication protection groups, only virtual machines that you configured for vSphere Replication and that are not already in a protection group appear in the list.

  5. Review your settings and click Finish.

    You can monitor the progress of the creation of the protection group on the Objects tab under Protection Groups.


  • If Site Recovery Manager successfully applied inventory mappings to the protected virtual machines, the protection status of the protection group is OK.

  • If Site Recovery Manager successfully protected all of the virtual machines associated with the storage policy, the protection status of the protection group is OK.