To retain rotated instances permanently, you store an instance. VMware Cloud Director Availability retains the stored instance until no longer marked as stored or until you manually delete it.

VMware Cloud Director Availability rotates the rotated instances to preserve the configured maximum number of rotated instances per replication. You can retain a configurable number of stored instances permanently.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.0 or later is deployed in the site.
  • Verify that you can access VMware Cloud Director Availability as a tenant user or as a service provider. For more information, see Accessing VMware Cloud Director Availability.
  • Verify that before storing instances, Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is not enabled for the virtual machine.

Procedure

  1. In the left pane, choose a replication direction..
  2. Choose whether to store an instance for a virtual machine or for a vApp replication.
    • To store an instance for a virtual machine replication, in the top-right corner of the page click the VM button.
    • To store an instance for a vApp replication, in the top-right corner of the page click the vApp button.
  3. In the bottom pane, click the Instances tab.
  4. To store a rotated instance, select it and click Store.
    You can subject the stored instance back to automatic retention by clicking Don't Store.

Results

You stored the selected instances and they remain available to restore to until the replication is active. The remaining rotated instances continue to be rotated and created to preserve the configured maximum number of rotated instances per replication.

What to do next

You can delete the stored instances to maintain the configured maximum number of stored instances per replication. For more information, see Delete an Instance.