If your environment consists VMware Cloud Director appliance deployments with embedded PostgreSQL databases, you can back up the VMware Cloud Director database from the primary cell. The resulting .tgz file is stored on the NFS shared transfer service storage location.


  1. Log in directly or by using an SSH client to the primary cell as root.
  2. Navigate to /opt/vmware/appliance/bin.
  3. Run the create-db-backup command.


On the NFS shared transfer service storage, in the vcloudapp.nfs_mount.VMware_vCloud_Director/pgdb-backup/ directory, you can see the newly created db-backup-date_time_format.tgz file. The .tgz file contains the database dump file, the global.properties, responses.properties, certificates, proxycertificates, and truststore files of the primary cell.