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.


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


Click the Virtual Machine tab.

The table of virtual machines appears.


For the placeholder you want to test, click the link in the Name column.

The virtual machine details for the placeholder appear. The Guest OS Customization field indicates whether guest customization is enabled.


If necessary, enable guest customization by using vCloud Director:


Click Manage VM in vCloud Director.


In the My Cloud pane, click VMs. The list of your virtual machines appears.


In the list of virtual machines, select the machine for which you need to enable guest customization, right-click and select Properties. The virtual machine properties dialog box appears.


Click the Guest OS Customization tab.


Select the Enable guest customization checkbox and click OK.

(Exit vCloud Director.)


In the Virtual Machines tab in vCloud Air, select the virtual machine placeholder you want to test.


From the menu, 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.

For more information about configuring guest customization for a virtual machine, see Guest Operating Systems in the vCloud Director User's Guide.