Site Recovery Manager can suspend virtual machines on the recovery site during a recovery and a test recovery.

Suspending virtual machines on the recovery site is useful in active-active datacenter environments and where non-critical workloads run on recovery sites. By suspending any virtual machines that host non-critical workloads on the recovery site, Site Recovery Manager frees capacity for the recovered virtual machines. Site Recovery Manager resumes virtual machines that are suspended during a failover operation when the failover runs in the opposite direction.

You can only add virtual machines to suspend at the recovery site.

1

In the vSphere Web Client, select Site Recovery > Recovery Plans, and select a recovery plan.

2

In the Monitor tab, click Recovery Steps.

3

Right-click Suspend Non-critical VMs at Recovery Site and select Add Non-Critical VM.

4

Select virtual machines on the recovery site to suspend during a recovery.

5

Click OK.

Site Recovery Manager suspends the virtual machines on the recovery site when the recovery plan runs.