You can configure a recovery plan to run commands on Site Recovery Manager Server or on a virtual machine, display messages that require a response when the plan runs, suspend non-essential virtual machines during recovery, configure dependencies between virtual machines, customize virtual machine network settings, and change the recovery priority of protected virtual machines.

A simple recovery plan that specifies only a test network to which the recovered virtual machines connect and timeout values for waiting for virtual machines to power on and be customized can provide an effective way to test a Site Recovery Manager configuration. Most recovery plans require configuration for use in production. For example, a recovery plan for an emergency at the protected site might be different from a recovery plan for the planned migration of services from one site to another.


A recovery plan always reflects the current state of the protection groups that it recovers. If any members of a protection group show a status other than OK, you must correct the problems before you can make any changes to the recovery plan.

A recovery plan runs a series of steps that must be performed in a specific order. You cannot change the order or purpose of the steps, but you can insert your own steps that display messages and run commands.

By default, Site Recovery Manager sets all virtual machines in a new recovery plan to recovery priority level 3. You can increase or decrease the recovery priority of a virtual machine.

You can create custom recovery steps that run commands or present messages to the user during a recovery.

You can configure a virtual machine in a recovery plan to use a prescribed customization specification, or to run message or command steps when it is recovered.