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

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

  • vSphere Replication prepares for the recovery operation.
    • 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 the synchronization and recover with the latest data available, for example, if the source site is not available, vSphere Replication uses the latest available data at the target site.
  • vSphere Replication rebuilds the replicated .vmdk files.
  • vSphere Replication reconfigures the newly replicated virtual machine with the correct disk paths.
  • vSphere Replication registers the virtual machine with vCenter Server at the target site.

You can recover one virtual machine at a time in Incoming replications on the Replications tab at the target site. Optionally, you can power on the recovered virtual machine. The network devices of the recovered virtual machine are disconnected. You might need to configure the recovered virtual machine to render it fully operational.

If you 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.