In the Cloud Service management interface, as a service provider you generate new backup archives of all VMware Cloud Director Availability appliances in the cloud site. Download the backup archive as a file and then preserve it on an external storage device for future restore of the cloud site to that moment in time.

You generate a backup of all the VMware Cloud Director Availability appliances in the cloud site only by using the management interface of the Cloud Service. This backup archive contains the following information from each appliance in the cloud site:

  • Configuration files
  • Public certificate
  • Keystore
  • Database dump
In the backup archive, this information is stored as multiple .enc appliance backup files. When generating the backup, you provide a password that encrypts the .enc appliance backup files to preserve any sensitive information.

A backup file does not contain:

  • The appliance root user password.
  • Any previous backup archives.
  • Any support bundles.
  • The NTP time server configuration.
  • Enable SSH state.
  • The network configuration provided in the OVF wizard during appliance deployment.
The appliances can store up to 24 backup archives after which you must delete some of them, or attempting to create another backup, shows Backup quota exceeded. Number of allowed backups: 24, current backup count: 24.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.1 is deployed in the cloud site.
  • Verify that before taking a backup, all VMware Cloud Director Availability services are operational. As exception, unreachable Replicator Service instances without incoming replications do not prevent generating a backup.
  • Verify that the free disk space value in the bottom of the System health page shows at least the following amount of free space for each of the VMware Cloud Director Availability appliances in the cloud site:
    • Cloud Replication Management Appliance 40%
    • Each Cloud Replicator Appliance instance 35%
    • Cloud Tunnel Appliance 35%

Procedure

  1. Log in to the management interface of the Cloud Replication Management Appliance.
    1. In a Web browser, go to https://Appliance-IP-Address/ui/admin.
    2. Select Appliance login or SSO login and enter the root or the single sign-on user credentials.
    3. Click Login.
  2. In the left pane, click Backup Archives.
  3. In the Backup archives page, click Generate new.
  4. In the Create backup archive window, create a backup archive of the cloud site.
    1. In the Password text box, enter the password to protect and encrypt the backup archive.
      The password that you enter must be a secured password with a minimum of eight characters and it must consist of:
      • At least one lowercase letter.
      • At least one uppercase letter.
      • At least one number.
      • At least one special character, such as & # % .
    2. In the Confirm Password text box, reenter the password to confirm the password that encrypts the backup.
    3. Store this password in a safe place since it cannot be restored later.
    4. Click Create.
    In the Backup archives page, you can see the progress of generating the new backup archive.
  5. To download one of the generated backup archives, in the Backup Id column, click the backup id link.
    1. In the Download Backup Archive window, to save the backup file locally click Download.
      In your Web browser, the archive cloud-backup-product_version-site_name-date-timestampUTC.tar.bz2 file starts downloading.
    2. Store the locally downloaded backup archive and its password for future restore of the cloud site to that moment in time.

Results

The backup archive cloud-backup-product_version-site_name-date-timestampUTC.tar.bz2 file downloaded locally.

What to do next

You can later use one of the downloaded backup archives to restore all the VMware Cloud Director Availability appliances in the cloud site to that moment in time. For more information, see Restore the Cloud Appliances.