To guarantee a recovery in the event of disruption at your source site, you should test a placeholder virtual machine to ensure its integrity is intact.

Verify that a test network was configured.

See About Networks for the Disaster Recovery Service for information.

You have the correct user permissions to perform the test.

See Assign a User to the Roles for Disaster Recovery for information.


Click the Virtual Machine tab.

The table of virtual machines appears.


Select the virtual machine placeholder you want to test.


Click Test.

A confirmation dialog box appears.


Click Continue.

Testing a placeholder creates a test virtual machine using replicated data, reconfigures the test virtual machine to connect to the test network, and applies guest customization to the virtual machine.

A successful test powers on the virtual machine. In the Virtual Machines table, the Recovery Status changes from Placeholder to Test Complete.