Testing a recovery plan has no lasting effects on either the protected site or the recovery site, but running a recovery plan has significant effects on both sites.

You need different privileges when testing and running a recovery plan.

How Testing a Recovery Plan Differs from Running a Recovery Plan

Area of Difference

Test a Recovery Plan

Run a Recovery Plan

Required privileges

Requires Site Recovery Manager.Recovery Plans.Test permission.

Requires Site Recovery Manager.Recovery Plans.Recovery permission.

Effect on virtual machines at protected site

None

Site Recovery Manager shuts down virtual machines in reverse priority order and restores any virtual machines that are suspended at the protected site.

Effect on virtual machines at recovery site

Site Recovery Manager suspends local virtual machines if the recovery plan requires this. Site Recovery Manager restarts suspended virtual machines after cleaning up the test.

Site Recovery Manager suspends local virtual machines if the recovery plan requires this.

Effect on replication

Site Recovery Manager creates temporary snapshots of replicated storage at the recovery site. For array-based replication, Site Recovery Manager rescans the arrays to discover them.

During a planned migration, Site Recovery Manager synchronizes replicated datastores, then stops replication, then makes the target devices at the recovery site writable. During a disaster recovery, Site Recovery Manager attempts the same steps, but if they do not succeed, Site Recovery Manager ignores protected site errors.

Network

If you explicitly assign test networks, Site Recovery Manager connects recovered virtual machines to a test network. If virtual machine network assignment is Auto, Site Recovery Manager assigns virtual machines to temporary networks that are not connected to any physical network.

Site Recovery Manager connects recovered virtual machines to the user-specified datacenter network.

Interruption of recovery plan

You can cancel a test at any time.

You can cancel the recovery at any time.