Cloud Foundation supports both file-level and image-level backup and restore methods for the vCenter Server Appliance.

If your chosen backup tool supports restoring the vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller (PSC) VMs directly to ESXi independently of vCenter Server, it is recommended you use the image-level backup method for these VMs instead of the file-level backup and restore method.

  • For instructions on file-level backup and restore for the vCenter Server VMs, see File-Based Backup and Restore of vCenter Server Appliance in the vSphere product documentation.
    Note: If you use the file-level approach, it recommended that you configure the process to copy the backup files to a FTP server outside of your Cloud Foundation deployment.
  • For instructions on image-level backup and restore using a third-party appliance that meets the Requirements, see the vendor instructions.
  • For instructions on using Dell EMC Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE), see the Knowledge Base article Back Up and Restore of VMs Deployed on a vSAN Datastore Using DELL EMC Avamar.
    • Creating a VMware policy
    • Starting ad-hoc image backup
    • Starting image restore