You can schedule backups or trigger manual backups of the Cloud Foundation configuration using directly in the SDDC Manager Dashboard or using CLI commands. You can also 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.


  • 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.
  • Because the backed-up information is critical, verify that your SFTP is secure and hardened.

Automatic Backups

In addition to scheduled and manual backups, SDDC Manager automatically triggers backups after any of the following operations are completed:
  • Password rotation
  • Creation, deletion, or expansion of a domain
  • Add a host
  • Add a rack
  • Decommission of a host

What Information Gets Backed Up

This process backs up the following configurations from Cloud Foundation.
Type Description
Credentials 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.
NSX Manager configuration settings Information including version, IP address, and backup setting configuration of all NSX Managers in the Management Domain.
Switch configurations Information including all the physical switch configurations.
Note: Save the configuration settings; you may need this information to recover management VMs after a hardware failure or data corruption.
Note: An alert gets generated if the backup parameters have not been configured by user.