SRM: How to Reprotect VM in SRM

Site Recovery Manager comes with the Reprotect option which will Reprotect or failback the virtual machines which are recovered at the recovery site. This means once you perform recovery your VM will be running from the recovery site but after the protected site is working you need to do failback so that your vm will run from the original site. This can be easily done from the Reprotect feature in Site Recovery Manager.

A recovery plan cannot be immediately failed back from the recovery site to the original protected site.The recovery plan must first undergo a re-protect workflow. This operation involves reversing replication and setting up the recovery plan to run in the opposite direction. In this post we will see on how to perform Reprotect of the virtual machines which are recovered by the site recovery manager.

So let’s see how to perform Reprotect of the virtual machines:

Step 1:
Once the Recovery is completed at the Recovery Site, You can perform Reprotect.
Click on the “REPROTECT” under the Recovery Steps tab.

SRM Reprotect


Step 2:
You can see the New Protected Site and New Recovery Site details and Server status.
Check the box “I understand that this operations cannot be undone.”
Click Next.

SRM Reprotect

Step 3:
Review the settings.
Click Finish to perform Reprotect.

SRM Reprotect

Step 4:
You can see that status of the Reprotect operations here. It can take time based on the virtual machine size.

SRM Reprotect

Step 5:
Once the Reprotect is completed you can see the below screen, where you can Run the Recovery.

SRM Reprotect

Step 6:
You can check for Replication of the Virtual Machine.
When you perform Reprotect your Virtual machine is replicated in Reverse direction.
It will be displayed under Reverse Replications.

SRM Reprotect


At this stage your Protected site is DR site and Recovery site is DC Site. Once you can view that Replication is completed successfully, You can perform Recovery of the virtual machine so that your VM will be on the original site which is DC Site and New Recovery Site will be DR Site. Once the Recovery is completed you have to perform Reprotect to configure Forward Replication for the virtual machine.

Below is the complete Process of how it works :

SRM Recovery and Reprotect


Using this way you can easily perform Reprotect for the virtual machines which are recovered. So that your virtual machine will come to the original protected site when both the sites are running fine. You can see in the above image how the whole Recovery and Reprotect works.

Make sure to have verified and checked that the Primary site is up and running successfully, After that only go for Reprotect as it will reverse the replication of the virtual machine at the Primary Site.

Checkout Site Recovery Manager Deep Dive for Installation,Configuration and Recovery :

Site Recovery Manager Deep Dive

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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