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 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, Failover Recovery and Failover Test, 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.
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.
The Manage Disaster Recovery page opens with a list of available DR Plans.
- Click the DR Plan associated with the virtual machine for which you want to trigger failover.
The DR Plans details page opens.
- Under the Summary tab, click Failover.
- On the Failover page, click one of the following failover options.
- Failover Recovery: To failover your actual VMware setup.
- Failover Test: To test your failover setup.
You must configure the test settings for the virtual machines to perform the Failover Test. For more information about how to configure settings, see Manage failover.
- Click Next.
The Select VMs to Failover page displays a list of virtual machines associated with the DR Plan, along with details such as VCenter or Hypervisor they belong to and server groups associated with them.
- Click Next.
The Select VMs to Failover page displays a list of virtual machines associated with the DR Plan, along with details such as VCenter or Hypervisor they belong to and the administrative groups associated with them.
- Select the virtual machines that you want to failover.
- Click Launch.
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 History tab. For more information about the various statuses of the failover, see View failover history.
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.