This topic provides instructions to failover virtual machines in the event of a disaster. Phoenix AWS proxy creates a DR copy for the virtual machine and maintains it in the AWS account. At the time of the disaster, you can launch EC2 instance from the DR copy, in-turn spinning up to production in minutes.
Phoenix allows you to configure virtual machines for failover with settings specific to the two modes, Production Failover and Test Failover, respectively. Depending, upon the type selected during failover, you can use the corresponding settings to launch the EC2 instance.
Note: Log into the EC2 instance using your domain or local administrator credentials.
Before you begin
Before you launch the production or test failover, ensure that you have correctly configured the network mappings, virtual machine failover settings, and the recovery workflow for the DR plan.
To launch failover
- Log in to the Phoenix Management Console.
- On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
- On the menu bar, click Manage > Disaster Recovery.
- In the left pane, click the DR Plans tab and click the DR plan associated with the virtual machine for which you want to trigger a failover.
The DR Plans details page opens.
- Click Failover and click one of the following failover options to open the respective failover page:
- Production Failover: To failover your actual VMware setup.
- Test Failover: To test your failover setup.
You must configure the test settings for the virtual machines to perform the test failover. For more information about how to configure settings, see Manage failover.
On the respective Production Failover or the Test Failover page, the recovery workflow lists the steps created for the failover operation. Each step lists the virtual machines associated with the DR Plan.
- Select the steps and virtual machines under each step to configure the order of virtual machines as shown in the following screenshot. Phoenix DRaaS uses this sequence to failover virtual machines during the production or the test failover operation.
- Click Failover.
The system displays the successful failover initiation message for the selected virtual machines. You can view the status of the failover request for the virtual machines on the Failover Instances tab. For more information about the various statuses of the failover, see View failover instances.
Note: Restore Point Objective (RPO) estimate is available only for virtual machines with DR copies created using the Phoenix AWS proxy version 4.8.0 or later. If you are using Phoenix AWS proxy version 4.7.6 or earlier, Phoenix uses AMIs for failover instead of DR copies.