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Veeam Availability Orchestrator 2.0
User Guide

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans

After you create and configure a failover plan, run a successful readiness check and a DataLab test, the plan can be considered ready for failover. You may invoke various actions for the plan, depending on the current plan state.

Failover plans may acquire the following stable states:

Plan State

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Description

NOT VERIFIED

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan has never been tested and/or has never passed a readiness check.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan has failed to be tested and/or has failed to pass a readiness check.

VERIFIED

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan has been tested successfully and/or has passed a readiness check.

HALTED

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Plan has stopped due to either an error or user intervention.

FAILOVER

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Failover process completed successfully.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Failover process completed with warnings.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Failover process completed with errors.

UNDO FAILOVER

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Undo Failover process completed successfully.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Undo Failover process completed with warnings.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Undo Failover process completed with errors.

PERMANENT FAILOVER

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Permanent Failover process completed successfully.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Permanent Failover process completed with warnings.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Permanent Failover process completed with errors.

FAILBACK

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Failback process completed successfully.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Failback process completed with warnings.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Failback process completed with errors.

UNDO FAILBACK

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Undo Failback process completed successfully.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Undo Failback process completed with warnings.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Undo Failback process completed with errors.

COMMIT FAILBACK

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Commit Failback process completed successfully.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Commit Failback process completed with warnings.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Commit Failback process completed with errors.

TESTING HALTED

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan testing has stopped due to either an error or user intervention.

Failover plans may acquire the following active states:

Plan State

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Description

EDITING

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan is currently being edited.

PROCESSING

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan is currently being executed.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan is currently being executed, a number of warnings encountered.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan is currently being executed, a number of errors encountered.

TEST PENDING

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan testing has been started, but the DataLab required to test the plan has not been powered on yet.  

TESTING

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Plan testing is in progress.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan testing is in progress, a number of warnings encountered.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan testing is in progress, a number of errors encountered.

TEST HALTING

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan testing is currently being halted.

CHECKING

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan readiness check is in progress.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan readiness check is in progress, a number of warnings encountered.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan readiness check is in progress, a number of errors encountered.

CHECKING HALTING

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan readiness check is currently being halted.

HALTING

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan is currently being halted.

POWERING OFF

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans 

Plan testing is currently being powered off.

 

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans Note:

If you perform any infrastructure configuration changes (add, delete or rename VMs) or changes to Veeam ONE Monitor groups, VAO will not automatically apply these changes to plans that are currently executing or testing — such plans are ‘locked’ and may not be edited. The changes will take effect only if the plans enter the VERIFIED or NOT VERIFIED state.

Failover plans may acquire the following modes:

Plan Mode

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Description

ENABLED

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Plan is ready to be verified and executed.

DISABLED

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Plan is ready to be edited and verified.

IN USE

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Plan is either in one of the active states or halted.

 

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans Tip:

When a plan is in an active state, you can switch to the Plan Details page, select a VM being recovered in the Virtual Machines column, and click the VM Console link to connect directly to the VM desktop.

VAO will connect to the VM through the vCenter Server system. To avoid connection failures, make sure the following requirements are met:

  1. The target vCenter Server that manages the VM is running VMware vCenter Server version 6.0 or later.
  2. The SSL certificate used by the target vCenter Server is valid on the machine on which you are running the browser. If not, install root certificates from the vCenter Server on both the VAO server and the machine. For more information on how to download and install vCenter Server root certificates, see this VMware KB article.

    In vSphere 6.0 and later, each newly created ESXi host is by default provisioned with a self-signed certificate from the VMware Certificate Authority. If you want to use such a certificate when accessing the VM desktop, download the root CA certificate from the host where the VM is registered. For more information on certificate management for ESXi hosts, see VMware Docs.

Before You Begin

To run a failover plan, it must be ENABLED. To enable a plan:

  1. Log in to the VAO UI as a VAO Administrator or Plan Author. For details, see Accessing VAO UI.
  2. Navigate to Orchestration Plans.
  3. Select the plan.
  4. From the Manage menu, select Enable.

Running and Scheduling Failover Plans Notes:

  1. If you do not enable a plan before you run it, the Run Plan wizard will force you to do that as soon as you try launching the plan.
  2. For security purposes, all ‘real-world’ actions associated with failover plans (such as failover and failback) require password confirmation.

 

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