When disaster recovery is no longer required for a virtual machine, you can stop the virtual machine replication to vCloud Air.

Stop the replication by using the vSphere Web Client at the source site. See Stop a Replication Task in vSphere Replication 5.6 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.

Stopping a replication from the source site, removes the replication data from the source site and the cloud when both sites are connected.

If the cloud is offline when you stop a replication from the source site, the Disaster Recovery service does not remove the replication data from vCloud Air. You must manually remove the replication from vCloud Air.


Use caution when removing a placeholder virtual machine from vCloud Air because placeholders are not protected in vCloud Air from accidental deletion.

You have the correct user permissions to remove the replication.

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


In the Dashboard tab, click the virtual data center that is enabled for disaster recovery.


Click the Replication tab.

The table of replication placeholders appears.


In the row for the placeholder that you want to remove, click to display the disaster recovery menu.


From the menu, choose Remove.

A confirmation dialog box appears.


Click Continue.

The placeholder virtual machine is deleted from the list in the Replication tab and all replication data is deleted from cloud storage.