Step 6. Add Plan Steps

At the New VM Template step of the wizard, use the list of plan steps available for the scope to select steps to be performed for VMs in the plan during failover. The wizard allows you to add the selected steps multiple times so you can run the same steps with different parameters.

For a step to be displayed in the Available Steps list, it must be included into the list of plan components available for the scope, as described in section Including Plan Steps.

Important

To allow the failover process to perform successfully, the Process Replica VM step must execute before any other replica/application verification steps. That is why the Process Replica VM step is the only one step that you cannot add to a plan multiple times.  

By default, VAO will perform the same selected steps in the same order for all new VM groups that you add later when editing the plan. However, you can change the step execution order and modify the list of steps individually for each VM, as described in section Configuring Steps.

Note

If a VM is included in multiple VM groups added to a plan, VAO will run verification steps for this VM multiple times when processing each group in the plan.

 

Creating Replica Plan

 

Tip

If you add one or more plan steps that require Windows credentials to run in-guest OS scripts inside VMs being tested or failed over, you can specify credentials that will be used to access guest OSes of VMs included in the plan when running the added steps.

To do that, click Use Default and select the necessary credentials in the Select Credentials window. For a credential to be displayed in the Available Credentials list, it must be included into the list of plan components available for the scope, as described in section Including Credentials.

If you do not specify any credentials, VAO will use the default credentials selected per-scope during configuration of plan component settings, or you will have to specify the required credentials individually for each VM when editing the plan.

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