If your environment consists vCloud Director appliance deployments with embedded PostgreSQL databases, you can back up the vCloud 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 SSH 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, and proxycertificates files of the primary cell.