You run a test recovery to verify that data is replicated correctly from the cloud provider site to the local site.


If the test network is not isolated from the production network and these networks have common routing, a test recovery of a replicated virtual machine might result in duplicate MAC addresses in your virtual data center. If you use the same network for test recoveries and for production, and if you have not disabled the automatic copying of network configurations, see


  • Configure at least one replication task from the cloud provider site to your local site.

  • Verify that the status of the replication task allows running test recoveries.

    Test recoveries are allowed for the following replication statuses: OK, OK (RPO Violation), Error, Error (RPO Violation), Full Sync, Full Sync (RPO Violation), Not Active, Not Active (RPO Violation), Paused, Sync, and Sync (RPO Violation).

  • If you have run test recoveries for the replication that you want to test, verify that you have cleared the test results.


    You cannot run a test recovery before you clean up your previous test results for a replication.


  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 Reverse replications.
  5. Select the replication for which you want to run a test recovery and click the Test recovery icon.

    The Test Recovery wizard opens.

  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 local site. This option requires you to log in to the cloud provider site. A dialog box appears for the login.

    Use latest available data

    vSphere Replication configures the placeholder virtual machine and uses the data that is copied on the local site. If MPIT is enabled, retained instances are converted to virtual machine snapshots.

  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. Select a folder for the virtual machine on the local site.
  10. Select a resource for the virtual machine on the local site.
  11. Verify that the test configuration settings are correct and click Finish.


The test status of the replication changes.


You cannot stop a replication while a test recovery for the replication is in progress.

What to do next

After you verify that data appears as expected in the test virtual machine, clean up the test results. See, Clean up a Test Recovery from Cloud.