Recovering a virtual machine shuts down the virtual machine at your source site (if possible) and recovers it in the cloud. During recovery, all replication activity is stopped. If a stretched network was pre-configured and if you initiate recovery from the cloud, virtual machines which are connected to the stretched network automatically recover on the stretched network, else they recover on the recovery network.

You have the correct user permissions to recover the virtual machine to the cloud.

If possible, meet these prerequisites:

Verify that you tested the recovery before recovering the virtual machine to the cloud.

Contact VMware Global Support Services and declare the disaster prior to recovering your virtual machines.

If you have run test recoveries for the replication that you want to migrate, verify that you cleaned up the test results.


Click the Virtual Machine tab.

The table of virtual machines appears.


Select the virtual machine(s) that you want to recover.


Click Recovery or Actions > Recovery.

The confirmation dialog box appears.


Click Yes to continue.


Select the Point-in-Time instance to which you want to recover the virtual machine and click OK.

Multiple point-in-time option is only available if the virtual machine was configured to save multiple replication instances while configuring replication.


Report any issues that occur during failover.


During the recovery process the status of the virtual machine in vCloud Air will be Recovery in Progress.


Once the recovery is complete the Recovery Status changes to Recovered, the virtual machine in vCloud Air is powered ON and connected to the Recovery network (or Stretched network).

Recovering the virtual machine has the following result:

In the Virtual Machine tab, the Recovery Status changes from Placeholder or Test Complete to Recovered.

Connects the virtual machine to the recovery network that was configured earlier.

Powers on the virtual machine in the cloud.

After you recover a virtual machine to the cloud, it has the same capabilities that the virtual machine had at the source site. You can access and operate your virtual machine recovered to the cloud for the time periods listed in Managing Dedicated Disaster Recovery in vCloud Air.