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This article explains how to initiate a failover for a DRS Consistency Group.


  1. Only the Primary Administrator or a user with the DRS role can initiate the failover of a Consistency Group.
    1. For instructions on how to add Roles to a Sub-Administrator, see How to Manage the Primary Administrator User and other Sub-Administrators as the Primary Administrator
  2. The Consistency Group must be in a Preview state. See How to Start a DRS Preview for a Consistency Group
  3. The Consistency Group must not already be in Failover mode.
  4. The Secondary Location is not in Hypervisor maintenance.
  5. The Secondary Location is not in DRS maintenance.

Content / Solution:

  1. Click on the DRS for Cloud menu button and then select DRS Consistency Groups to navigate to the DRS Consistency Groups pageGroups page:


  2. The DRS Consistency Groups dashboard will be displayed:
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  3. Locate the desired Consistency Group that is currently in Preview mode. Click on the Manage gear and then select Initiate Failover from the drop-down menu:
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  4. The Initiate Failover dialog will be displayed. Review the warning and then click Confirm:
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    Important Note: Please review the consequences of initiating a failover in the Introduction to DRS for Cloud article before clicking confirm!

  5. The system will display a message indicating that the failover has begun and that the operation is in progress:


  6. The Initiate Failover dialog Failover dialog will close and the status will be updated in the DRS Consistency Groups grid:


  7. The system will display a success message:
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  8. The DRS Consistency Groups grid will be refreshed to show the deletion of the Consistency Group following the completion of the failover process:
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  9. Important Notes:

    • The original Source Server may now be powered off.
    • The original Source Server will now be flagged as DRS Eligible.
    • The original Target Server will now be powered on.
    • The original Target Server will now be flagged as DRS Ineligible.

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