We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Hyper-V Replication : moving/changing the destination server

Malc used Ask the Experts™
I have a situation where I need to reformat a server which is currently a destination server for several Hyper-v replica machines.  This leave me vulnerable during the reformat as all replications will, of course, fail.

Does anyone know if it's possible to use the 'move' feature in Hyper-v to move the destination server for a replication?

It's easy enough to move the source server - I have done it many times - but to change the destination the replication then fails and it seems obvious why - the source has the destination server in its settings and isn't going to be aware that the destination has changed.

Is there any way to get around this? Is there anything that can be done here?

Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Technical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
We hit this earlier this year when we had a series of failures on a physical move of the source and destination servers.

We ended up gracefully failing over to the destination, flattening the source, setting it up with Server 2019 instead of 2016, and then setting up replica to the original.

We did a planned failover, flattened the destination server, and set it up fresh with Server 2019. We ended up with two freshly installed hosts replicating in the original direction.

The system is very flexible.

Obviously, backups should be tested good as well.