You perform several sets of tasks to create, test, and run a recovery plan.

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You create a recovery plan to establish how Site Recovery Manager recovers virtual machines.

2

You can create folders in which to organize recovery plans.

3

You can edit a recovery plan to change the properties that you specified when you created it. You can edit recovery plans from the protected site or from the recovery site.

4

When you test a recovery plan, Site Recovery Manager runs the virtual machines of the recovery plan on a test network and on a temporary snapshot of replicated data at the recovery site. Site Recovery Manager does not disrupt operations at the protected site.

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After you test a recovery plan, you can return the recovery plan to the Ready state by running a cleanup operation. You must complete the cleanup operation before you can run a failover or another test.

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When you run a recovery plan, Site Recovery Manager migrates all virtual machines in the recovery plan to the recovery site. Site Recovery Manager attempts to shut down the corresponding virtual machines on the protected site.

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With vSphere Replication, you can retain point-in-time snapshots of a virtual machine. You can configure Site Recovery Manager to recover a number of point-in-time (PIT) snapshots of a virtual machine when you run a recovery plan.

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You can cancel a recovery plan test whenever the status is test in progress or failover in progress.