How to remove a machine from SRM non-critical list

Posted on 2016-08-09
Last Modified: 2016-08-24
In VMware Site Recovery Manager there is a feature which allows you to designate non-critical VMs in the recovery site which will be suspended upon execution of a recovery plan to ensure there are enough resources to bring up the recovered VMs.  Adding VMs to the list is simple.  
However, the reverse does not appear to be.  Now that I have added more compute power to the DR site I want to remove some of these VMs from the 'non-critical' list.
Any idea on how to do that?
I have vcenter 6.0 and SRM 6.1 (?)
Question by:billherde
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I am not an expert at SRM but did you try to suspend the non-critical VM on the target site???

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That it what it does.  The machines identified as non-critical get suspended during a recovery operation.  To id a machine as non-critical, you right-click the step to suspend, and you have the option to add machines to the list of non-criticals.  There is no selection to edit the list that I can find.  And it is not mentioned in the manual. (only how to add)  I will probably break down and get a call in to VMware monday, as the only other option I see is to just delete the entire recovery plan and make it over again.
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Author Comment

ID: 41759900
Update -- VMware support is now 20 hours into "let me call you back in 30 minutes while I check this in the lab."  It looks like a bug.....
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Expert Comment

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WOw I am wondering if this is something you need to do from the command only????

Just a thought?

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Update -- VMware tells me that this is expected behavior!  The machine I want to remove from the non-critical list is part of a different protection plan and is not supposed to be visible even in the add-to menu.  The VM in question is a test/dev server and has a recovery plan to bring it up in the production facility should the DR go down. I have confirmed that creating a new plan does not have these machines in the selection list, and we have decided that because I created the plan for this test server AFTER creating and testing the main DR plan, I was able to add it to the non-critical list, but not any more.

The issue is being escalated as I still should be able to remove a server from this non-critical list without having to destroy and re-create the entire recovery plan, and the point is valid that I do not need a test server running should I need to recover to DR, even if I want to protect that server back to production.

But for now, there is no fix.....

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There is no fix.  VMware support is calling this a user error.

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