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ONTAP tools for VMware vSphere 9.8
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Protect unprotected virtual machines


You can configure protection for your existing unprotected virtual machines that were created using VM storage Policy with replication disabled. To provide protection, you should change the VM storage policy and assign a replication group.

About this task

If SVM is having both IPv4 and IPv6 LIFs, then you should disable IPv6 LIFs and later perform disaster recovery workflows.


  1. Click the required virtual machine and verify that it is configured with default VM storage policy.

  2. Right-click the selected virtual machine, and click VM Policies > Edit VM Storage Policies.

  3. Select a VM Storage policy that has replication enabled from the VM storage policy drop-down.

  4. Select a replication group from the Replication group drop-down, and then click OK.

  5. Verify the Summary of the virtual machine to confirm that the virtual machine is protected.

    • This release of ONTAP tools does not support hot clone of protected virtual machines. You should power off the virtual machine and then perform the clone operation.

    • If a datastore does not appear in ONTAP tools after a Reprotect operation, then you should run a storage system discovery or wait for the next scheduled discovery operation.