To configure and recover virtual machines protected by the Disaster Recovery service, perform the following tasks in vSphere Replication and vCloud Air:


Using vSphere Replication, replicate the virtual machines you plan to protect from your source site to vCloud Air.


You must initiate replication to the cloud by using vSphere Replication at your source site because replication between your source site and the cloud is not symmetrical, like it is when using VMware Site Recovery Manager. You can initiate replication to the cloud from your source site but, for security reasons, you cannot communicate with the virtual machines at your source site from the cloud.

See Replicating Virtual Machines to Cloud in vSphere Replication 5.6 for Disaster Recovery to Cloud for information about configuring and running vSphere Replication Disaster Recovery.


After replicating your virtual machines to the cloud, log into vCloud Air to view your virtual data center enabled for disaster recovery and the placeholder virtual machines that you selected for replication.

See About Placeholders in vCloud Air for information.


Using vSphere Replication or vCloud Air, test recovery for a virtual machine and cleanup the test after you run it.

See Test a Recovery for information.


In the event that your source site becomes unavailable, log into vCloud Air and recover your virtual machines to vCloud Air.

See Recover a Virtual Machine When the Source Site Is Unavailable for information.