If you no longer want to replicate a virtual machine to the cloud, you can stop the replication permanently.

When you stop a replication, data is removed from both the local site and the cloud site. Therefore, stopping a replication requires that both sites are online and connected.

If the cloud site is offline, you can force stop the replication task from the local site. When you force stop a replication, you remove the replication task only from the local site. The data on the cloud site remains intact. When the cloud site becomes available, you must delete the replication artifacts from the cloud site manually or contact your cloud provider.


For stopped replications that use replication seeds, the seed vApps are not deleted from the cloud site.


Verify that you have enough privileges to manage replications. See Roles and Permissions That Disaster Recovery to Cloud Requires.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client.
  2. On the home page, click Site Recovery and click Open Site Recovery.
  3. On the Site Recovery home page, select the site pair to the cloud provider site and click View Details.
  4. Click the Replications tab, click Forward replications, and select the replication you want to stop.
  5. Click the Remove icon.

    You can stop multiple replication tasks simultaneously only if they are replicated to the same virtual data center.

  6. (Optional) To delete the replication only from the local site, select Force stop replication in the Stop Replication dialog box.

    All data that was stored to the cloud during the replication remains on the cloud datastore, and the replication remains visible on the cloud site. You must manually delete the replication artifacts from the cloud site or contact your cloud provider to clear them from the cloud site.

  7. Click Remove to confirm.


If both sites are online, Disaster Recovery to Cloud applies the following changes.

  • On the local site, removes the replication entry from the list of forward replications, and removes the replication-related configurations from the source virtual machine.

  • On the cloud site, removes the task from the list of reverse replications, and deletes the replication data from the storage.

If you perform a force stop operation, the replication task is deleted from the list of forward replications, and replication-related configurations are removed from the source virtual machine.