Manage Site Recovery access with Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC)

Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) enables fine-grained access management for Azure. Using Azure RBAC, you can segregate responsibilities within your team and grant only specific access permissions to users as needed to perform specific jobs.

Azure Site Recovery provides 3 built-in roles to control Site Recovery management operations. Learn more on Azure built-in roles

  • Site Recovery Contributor - This role has all permissions required to manage Azure Site Recovery operations in a Recovery Services vault. A user with this role, however, can't create or delete a Recovery Services vault or assign access rights to other users. This role is best suited for disaster recovery administrators who can enable and manage disaster recovery for applications or entire organizations, as the case may be.
  • Site Recovery Operator - This role has permissions to execute and manage Failover and Failback operations. A user with this role can't enable or disable replication, create or delete vaults, register new infrastructure or assign access rights to other users. This role is best suited for a disaster recovery operator who can failover virtual machines or applications when instructed by application owners and IT administrators in an actual or simulated disaster situation such as a DR drill. Post resolution of the disaster, the DR operator can re-protect and failback the virtual machines.
  • Site Recovery Reader - This role has permissions to view all Site Recovery management operations. This role is best suited for an IT monitoring executive who can monitor the current state of protection and raise support tickets if required.

If you're looking to define your own roles for even more control, see how to build custom roles in Azure.

Permissions required to enable replication for new virtual machines

When a new Virtual Machine is replicated to Azure using Azure Site Recovery, the associated user's access levels are validated to ensure that the user has the required permissions to use the Azure resources provided to Site Recovery.

To enable replication for a new virtual machine, a user must have:

  • Permission to create a virtual machine in the selected resource group
  • Permission to create a virtual machine in the selected virtual network
  • Permission to write to the selected Storage account

A user needs the following permissions to complete replication of a new virtual machine.


Ensure that relevant permissions are added per the deployment model (Resource Manager/ Classic) used for resource deployment.


If you are enabling replication for an Azure VM and want to allow Site Recovery to manage updates, then while enabling replication you may also want to create a new Automation account in which case you would need permission to create an automation account in the same subscription as the vault as well.

Resource Type Deployment Model Permission
Compute Resource Manager Microsoft.Compute/availabilitySets/read
Classic Microsoft.ClassicCompute/domainNames/read
Network Resource Manager Microsoft.Network/networkInterfaces/read
Classic Microsoft.ClassicNetwork/virtualNetworks/read
Storage Resource Manager Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts/read
Classic Microsoft.ClassicStorage/storageAccounts/read
Resource Group Resource Manager Microsoft.Resources/deployments/*

Consider using the 'Virtual Machine Contributor' and 'Classic Virtual Machine Contributor' built-in roles for Resource Manager and Classic deployment models respectively.

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