The following table describes the components that you can back up, and the methods for backup and restore.

Category

Component

Backup Method

Restore Method

Management

SDDC Manager Controller VM

Image level

Image level

SDDC Manager Utility VM

Image level

Image level

vCenter Server VMs

Image level/file level

Image level/file level

Platform Services Controller VMs

Image level/file level

Image level/file level

vRealize Log Insight

Image level

Image level

NSX Manager VMs

Files backed up by SDDC Manager

File level

Hardware

Management switch

File level

File level

Top of rack switches

File level

File level

Inter-rack switches

File level

File level

Configuration Components

  • Credentials

    Authorization information that enable Cloud Foundation components to connect with each other.

  • Host inventory

    Complete information about each ESXi host in the system.

  • Cloud Foundation bundle release number

File level

File level

Note:

Physical switch configurations are also backed up as part of the Cloud Foundation configuration backup. See Backing Up the Cloud Foundation Configuration.

Note:

There will be multiple instances of vCenter Server and NSX Manager in the management cluster. One instance for the management domain and other instances for the workload domains.

Note:

If your chosen backup appliance supports emergency restore, you can use the image-level backup method for the vCenter and Platform Services Controller (PSC) VMs. If not, you can use the file-based method for these components.

Note:

Additional backup features are also available using the SoS tool. See Supportability and Serviceability (SoS) Tool.