How to create a disaster recovery protection plan in Acronis


You can create a protection plan that includes the Acronis Disaster Recovery module and apply it to your devices.

By default, when creating a new protection plan, the Disaster Recovery module is disabled. After you enable the disaster recovery functionality and apply the plan to your devices, the cloud network infrastructure is created, including a recovery server for each protected device. The recovery server is a virtual machine in the cloud that is a copy of the selected device. For each of the selected devices a recovery server with default settings is created in a standby state (virtual machine not running). The recovery server is sized automatically depending on the CPU and RAM of the protected device. Default cloud network infrastructure is also created automatically: VPN gateway and networks on the cloud site, to which the recovery servers are connected.

If you revoke, delete, or switch off the Disaster Recovery module of a protection plan, the recovery servers and cloud networks are not deleted automatically. You can remove the disaster recovery infrastructure manually, if needed.


– After you configure disaster recovery, you will be able to perform a test or production failover from any of the recovery points generated after the recovery server was created for the device. Recovery points that were generated before the device was protected with disaster recovery (e.g. before the recovery server was created) cannot be used for failover.
– A disaster recovery protection plan cannot be enabled if the IP address of a device cannot be detected. For example, when virtual machines are backed up agentless and are not assigned an IP address.
– When you apply a protection plan, the same networks and IP addresses are assigned in the cloud site. The IPsec VPN connectivity requires that network segments of the cloud and local sites do not overlap. If a Multi-site IPsec VPN connectivity is configured, and you apply a protection plan to one or several devices later, you must additionally update the cloud networks and reassign the IP addresses of the cloud servers.

To create a disaster recovery protection plan

  1. In the service console, go to Devices > All devices.
  2. Select the machines that you want to protect.
  3. Click Protect, and then click Create plan.
    The protection plan default settings open.
  4. Configure the backup options.
    To use the disaster recovery functionality, the plan must back up the entire machine, or only the disks, required for booting up and providing the necessary services, to a cloud storage.
  5. Enable the Disaster recovery module by clicking the switch next to the module name.
  6. Click Create.
    The plan is created and applied to the selected machines.
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Updated on June 23, 2024
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