After you test a recovery for a placeholder virtual machine, return the virtual machine to the ready state by running a cleanup. Cleaning up a test recovery releases resources consumed by the test and prepares for the next test, planned migration, or disaster recovery.

You can run a cleanup from the vSphere Web Client at your source site or from vCloud Air regardless of where you initiated the preceding test.

For information about cleaning up a test recovery by using the vSphere Web Client, see Clean Up a Test Recovery in vSphere Replication 5.6 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud.

Verify that you tested the placeholder virtual machine.

You have the correct user permissions to clean up 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 Machines tab.

The table of virtual machines appears.


Select the tested recovery you want to clean up.


From the menu, click Clean up.

A confirmation dialog box appears.


Click Continue.

Running a clean up after a test resets the test recovery for the virtual machine by performing these tasks:

Powers off the test virtual machine.

Replaces the test virtual machine with a placeholder, preserving the virtual machine identity and configuration information.

Cleans up replicated storage snapshots that the virtual machine used during testing.

Resets the Recovery Status from Test to Placeholder.