When you subscribe to the Disaster Recovery service, VMware sets up a Disaster Recovery virtual data center for you in vCloud Air. When you replicate virtual machines from your source site, they are replicated to this virtual data center.

In the vCloud Air plug-in, a Disaster Recovery virtual data center is displayed in a Disaster Recovery cloud instance. Disaster Recovery cloud instances are identified by the Disaster Recovery cloud icon and the type Disaster Recovery Cloud in the Cloud Instances list.

Disaster Recovery virtual data centers are identified by the Disaster Recovery virtual data center icon. Disaster Recovery virtual data centers are similar to other data centers except that they have a Monitor tab that displays the replication status of virtual machines. Disaster Recovery virtual data centers do not have a Templates tab. The type of storage used in a Disaster Recovery virtual data center is DR-Standard.

In the Summary tab of a Disaster Recovery virtual data center, you can view summary information about replicated virtual machines, such as the total count of placeholder, test, or recovered virtual machines, as well as resource summary information.

Disaster Recovery virtual data center Summary

In the Monitor tab, you can view the replication status of replicated virtual machines. No actions are available in this tab. The Monitor tab displays all replicated virtual machines, including those in placeholder, test, or recovered state. For more information, see Monitor Replication Status of Virtual Machines.

Disaster Recovery Monitor tab

In the Virtual Machines tab, under Related Objects, you can view detailed information about replicated virtual machines, including their recovery status. Virtual machines that have been recovered and are in Standard state are also included in this tab, unlike the Monitor tab. All Disaster Recovery commands, such as Test, Clean up, Recover, and Remove Replication, are available from this tab.

Disaster Recovery Virtual Machines tab

Networks in a Disaster Recovery virtual data center are also similar to networks in other virtual data centers. An isolated network and an external routed network are available by default. The routed network is connected to a gateway that has a public IP address so that it is accessible through the Internet. You can use these networks for your replicated virtual machines or you can create other networks. Use the vCloud Air portal to add networks.

You specify the networks to use for replication in vSphere Replication, when you configure the connection to the cloud. You select the test and recovery networks to use. When you run a test recovery, the replicated virtual machine is connected to the test network. When you perform recovery operations or planned migrations, the virtual machine is connected to the recovery network.

When you initiate a replication task to cloud, a placeholder virtual machine is created in your Disaster Recovery virtual data center in vCloud Air. The placeholder virtual machine cannot be used until you recover it or run a test recovery.

When you run a test recovery, the placeholder virtual machine is reconfigured and connected to the selected test network so that you can log into the virtual machine and verify the replication. The test virtual machine is automatically powered on when it is ready.

When you clean up a test recovery, the virtual machine reverts to a placeholder state.

When you recover the virtual machine, it is no longer a placeholder but a fully functional virtual machine that you can use from the cloud. The virtual machine's status changes to Recovered. Note that a recovered virtual machine cannot be reverted to a placeholder state.

You can view the state of a virtual machine in the Recovery Status column in the Virtual Machines tab.

Recovery Status

Description

Replication in Progress

A placeholder virtual machine.

Test Ready

A virtual machine on which the Test command has been run successfully.

Related states: Test in Progress, Test Error

Cleanup in Progress

A test virtual machine on which the Cleanup command is being run.

Related states: Cleanup Error

Recovered

A virtual machine that has been recovered.

Related states: Recovery Error

Standard

A recovered virtual machine for which replication has been removed.