You can configure scheduled and manual backups of the Cloud Foundation configuration using CLI commands. You can access and view the backup files.

Each time a backup is triggered, manually or by schedule, a date- and time-stamped archived bundle containing all the backup files is copied to the dedicated backup location. An event is generated that notifies the user of the success or failure of the backup procedure. If a backup fails, the Cloud Foundation system retries after three hours.

This process backs up the following configurations from Cloud Foundation.




Authorization information (such as IP addresses, system aliases, usernames and passwords) of the Cloud Foundation components (Platform Services Controller, vCenter Server, NSX, switches, and so on).

Host inventory

Information about each ESXi host in the Cloud Foundation system including IP address, host name, domain type, and so on.

Cloud Foundation bundle information

The Cloud Foundation bundle release number.


Save the configuration settings; you may need this information to recover management VMs after a hardware failure or data corruption.


An alert gets generated if the backup parameters have not been configured by user.



  • Verify that you have a dedicated SFTP server for storing the Cloud Foundation configuration backup files. It is recommended that the SFTP server be outside the Cloud Foundation system.