You can specify a placeholder datastore for Site Recovery Manager to use for the storage of placeholder virtual machines.

Verify that you connected and paired the protected and recovery sites.


Select Sites in the left pane of the Site Recovery Manager interface, and select a site.


Click the Placeholder Datastores tab.


Click Configure Placeholder Datastore.


Expand the folders to find a datastore to designate as the location for placeholder virtual machines, click the datastore, and click OK.

If a datastore is replicated, but Site Recovery Manager does not have an array manager for that datastore, the option to select the replicated datastore might be available. Do not select replicated datastores that Site Recovery Manager does not manage.


If you use vSphere Replication, do not select a placeholder datastore that you already use as the target datastore for replications. Selecting the same datastore for placeholder virtual machines as you use to contain the replica virtual machines that vSphere Replication creates can cause problems.

The selected placeholder datastore appears in the Datastore column. If the datastore is on a standalone host, the host name appears. If the datastore is on a host that is in a cluster, the cluster name appears.