With vSphere Replication, you can recover successfully replicated virtual machines at the target site.

vSphere Replication performs a sequence of steps to recover replicated virtual machines.

  • If you perform a synchronization of the latest changes, vSphere Replication checks that the source site is available and source virtual machine is powered off before recovering the virtual machine on the target site. Then vSphere Replication synchronizes the changes from the source to the target site.
  • If you skip synchronization and recover with the latest data available (e.g. if the source site is not available), vSphere Replication uses the latest available data at the target site.
  • Rebuilds the replicated .vmdk files.
  • Reconfigures the newly replicated virtual machine with the correct disk paths.
  • Registers the virtual machine with vCenter Server at the target site.

You can recover one virtual machine at a time on the replicated site on the Incoming Replications tab. Optionally, you can power on the recovered virtual machine. The recovered virtual machine's network devices are disconnected. You might need to modify a recovered virtual machine to render it fully operational.

If you had enabled the saving of point in time instances, those instances are converted to snapshots of the recovered virtual machine. You can use the vSphere Web Client to revert to a snapshot from the list.