You can run a planned migration to move your workload from the vCenter Server to your cloud organization.

If you plan maintenance on the source site, you might want to migrate replicated virtual machines to cloud .


  • Verify that the local site and the cloud site are online.

  • Verify that you have the privileges to initiate migrations to cloud.

  • If you have run test recoveries for the replication that you want to migrate, verify that you cleaned up the test results. For more information, see Clean up a Test Recovery.


  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 and click Forward replications.
  5. Select the replication that you want to migrate and click the Planned Migration icon.

    The Planned Migration wizard opens. If the user session to the target cloud organization is expired, the wizard prompts you to enter user credentials.

  6. On the Recovery options page, select a data synchronization option.



    Synchronize recent changes

    vSphere Replication runs a synchronization task before it configures the placeholder virtual machine on the cloud site.

    Points in time recovery

    vSphere Replication configures the placeholder virtual machine and uses the data that is copied on the cloud site at the point in time that you select from the list .

  7. (Optional) To power on the test virtual machine on the target site after test configuration completes, select the Power on the virtual machine after recovery check box.
  8. Click Next.
  9. On the Source VM shutdown page, select how to stop the source virtual machine and click Next.



    Guest shutdown

    Shuts down the operating system of the virtual machine within the timeout period that you set in the time spinners. This option uses VMware Tools. Select the Guest shutdown option only if VMware Tools is installed in the guest operating system.

    Power off

    Immediately shuts down the guest operating system or powers off the virtual machine. The guest operating system might not shut down properly. Select the Power off option only if VMware Tools is not installed on the guest operating system.

  10. Review your settings and click Finish.


The replication status changes to Recovered and the source virtual machine is no longer being replicated to the cloud site.

What to do next

To continue replicating the source virtual machine to the target site, stop the replication task that is in Recovered state and configure a new replication.