vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 Backup and Restore – Part -1

By | February 5, 2017

In this Post  we will learn how to backup and restore VMware VCSA 6.5 using native backup and restore feature introduced with the launch of vSphere 6.5, This out of the box file based backup and recovery feature uses vCenter Server Management API to backup files to an external destination. This feature supports HTTP, HTTPS,SCP, FTP and FTPS as supported protocols as destination path to backup files. VCAS 6.5 backup feature also backs up embedded Auto deploy and VUM configurations. Restoring from backup is easy and simple through VCSA deployment UI. 

You can automate the backup process using Power cli, please refer Brian Graf’s blog to learn how to automate backup process. First we will learn how to back up VCSA manually and then in second part we will restore VCSA from most recent backup files

Let’s start with the Backup.

To take the backup of your vCenter login to the Appliance Management interface using “https://<FQDN_OR_IP_ADDRESS_OF_THE_VCENTER>:5480” url
Once you login to the Management interface go to the summary tab which is the default on, select the “Backup” button on the right hand upper corner
You will be getting a “Backup Appliance” window and enter your remote server which is keeping these backup files.
Note: You can use below protocols to take the backup of the vCenter
  • FTP
  • FTPS
  • HTTP
  • HTTPS
  • SCP
Here, I’m using my remote FTP server to take the backup of my vCenter server, you need to provide the protocol, remote server folder, username and password of the remote server. If you need to encrypt your backup files there is an option to encrypt the data.
Server will validate the remote location details and will go to the next step of the backup process
At the next step it will provide you the backup file sizes after retrieving the data, You have the option to select the “common” files or the historical date and the statics of the vCenter separately. You can select one of these or the both to be backed up in the remote location.
Once you click the “Next” button there is a validation process again and will give you the summary of the backup, click “Finish” to complete the backup process
It will start the backup process and will complete in few minutes
If you check the remote FTP location you can see the files as below
That’s how we have backed up the VCSA files to Secure FTP. In Next post we will learn how to restore the VCSA from latest backup.
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