You restore the appliance on-premises, by deploying a new on-premises appliance with the same network settings and by using a single locally downloaded .enc backup file.
Go to the management interface of the restored appliance at https://Appliance-IP-Address:8043. On the System Tasks page or the Replication Tasks page, the Reload destination tasks run indefinitely or fail with a Lock acquisition timed out for object: 'H4-id' for each replication that is not present since restoring the backup. To manually delete these replications, click the Emergency Recovery page, select them then click Delete.
- Verify that you downloaded the on-premises-backup-product_version-instance_id-date-timestampUTC.tar.bz2.enc file locally and you have the password for the backup.
- Verify that the version and the network settings of the newly deployed appliance exactly match the version and the network settings of the backed-up appliance.
- Verify that before restoring the newly deployed appliance, the existing backed-up on-premises appliance is powered off.
Caution: Restoring while the appliance is operational may corrupt the replications.
- Log in to management interface of the newly deployed appliance.
- In a Web browser, go to https://Appliance-IP-Address/ui/admin.
- Log in by entering the root user password that you set during the OVA deployment.
- In the VMware Cloud Director Availability Appliance Password window, change the initial root user password.
- Enter the root user password that you set during the OVA deployment.
- Enter and confirm a new password. 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 & # % .
- Under Steps to restore from archive, click Import the backup archive in....
- In the Restore from backup archive window, browse for the appliance backup file, enter its password, and restore the appliance.
After the restore completes, the appliance restarts.
- Click Browse and select the locally downloaded .enc appliance backup file.
- In the Password text box, enter the password used to encrypt the backup.
- Click Restore.
The restore starts and might take a while to complete. You cannot log in to the appliance while the restore is in progress.
- (Optional) After the services start, verify that the restore is successful.
- Log in to the management interface of the newly restored appliance.
- In the left pane, click System Tasks.
After restore, the Generate backup archive task, which generated the backup archive used for the restore, shows Task aborted due to service reboot.
- Verify the Target of task.restore.backup.
A misalignment between the replication settings stored in the database and the ones loaded from the backup might happen. As a result, RPO violations, instances with differing numbers, and others might be present. As a resolution, reapply the replication settings by reconfiguring the affected replications .
What to do next
You can perform replication workflows and after confirming that the newly restored appliance is operational, you can decommission the backed-up appliance that is powered off.