Although you can initiate tests from the vSphere Web Client at your source site or from the vCloud Air Web UI, most often you will initiate tests from the vSphere Web Client at your source site.

However, initiating tests from vCloud Air is necessary when your source site is unavailable and you want to run a final test before executing disaster recovery.

The following conditions apply to testing recoveries:

When you invoke a test from your source site, you have the option to synchronize data between the source site and the cloud before creating the test recovery. This option is not available when initiating a test from vCloud Air.

Initiating a test from the cloud creates a test recovery using replicated virtual machine data, re-configures the virtual machine to connect to the test network, and applies guest customization.

Testing a recovery does not affect services at the source site.

While a test recovery runs, the Disaster Recovery service continues to replicate data from the virtual machines at your source site configured for protection to vCloud Air.

Note

Your subscription for the Disaster Recovery service requires your coordination with VMware Global Support Services when testing recoveries for virtual machines in vCloud Air. Contact your Global Support Services representative for information.

For information about testing a recovery, see Test a Recovery.

A successful test recovery powers on the virtual machine. When you perform a test, the Recovery Status changes from Placeholder to Test Complete.

Virtual Machines Tab in vCloud Air

For information about testing a recovery by using the vSphere Web Client at your source site, see Test Recovery to Cloud in vSphere Replication 6.0 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.