When you configure replication by using vSphere Replication at your source site, the Disaster Recovery service creates placeholder virtual machines in vCloud Air which represent the virtual machines at your source site.

Placeholder virtual machines are accessible in two areas of vCloud Air for a virtual data center enabled for disaster recovery:

The Replication tab—contains placeholders for the virtual machines replicated from your source site.

Use the Replication tab to verify that your virtual machines are protected by the Disaster Recovery service and to view the status of your replications.

The Virtual Machines tab—contains placeholders, virtual machines for which you are testing recovery, and virtual machines recovered to the cloud. A placeholder virtual machine appears in the Virtual Machines tab after the initial full synchronization of replication data from the source site successfully completes.

Use the Virtual Machines tab to test recovery and recover the virtual machines to the cloud in the event your source site is unavailable.

The status of each placeholder determines what actions are available for that virtual machine represented. After you test a recovery or recover a virtual machine to the cloud, the Disaster Recovery service replaces the placeholder with a test or production virtual machine respectively.

vCloud Air displays the following information about virtual machine replication.

Placeholders in the Replication Tab
Disaster Recovery to the Cloud Replication Tab

Replication Information Displayed for Each Placeholder




The name of the placeholder virtual machine

Replication Status

The current status of the replication


The source being used for replication

Last Completed

Last synchronization completed; displayed using the local time of the browser time zone

Transfer Duration

The length of time the last synchronization took

Transfer Size

The size of the last data replicated (not the size of the virtual machine)


Recovery point objective, which is the replication time interval that you specify, depending on your data protection needs

vSphere Replication applies all changes made to virtual machines configured for replication at the source site to their replicas in the cloud. Replication occurs at the RPO interval that you set in the vSphere Web Client.


Lower RPO times reduce potential data loss but use more bandwidth and system resources. By default, the vSphere Web Client sets 4 hours as the RPO value.

About the Replication Status Values

Replication Status



Virtual machine configuration is in progress.

Full Sync

Full synchronization is in progress.

Initial Full Sync

Initial full synchronization is in progress. This status only appears for the first initial synchronization when the virtual machine is added to the system.

Not Active

The virtual machine replication is configured properly and vCloud Air did not encounter a replication error. However, vCloud Air is not receiving replication traffic for the placeholder or does not have an open connection for the placeholder.


The replication is configured correctly—no configuration or replication errors are present. However, the Disaster Recovery service has not sent replication traffic to the cloud.


The replication is not running because a vSphere Replication user paused the replication. See Pause or Resume a Replication Task in vSphere Replication 5.6 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.


The Disaster Recovery service recovered the virtual machine to the cloud successfully.


The Disaster Recovery service is recovering the virtual machine to the cloud.


The virtual machine data at the source site is synchronizing with the placeholder virtual machine in vCloud Air.

See Monitoring the Status of Replication Tasks in vSphere Replication 5.6 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information.


An RPO violation can occur when vCloud Air (the replication target) loses connectivity to the source site.