You configure file-based daily backups of the SDDC Manager instances using the SDDC Manager administration interface.

Only a user with the Admin role can perform this task.


  1. In the navigation pane, click Administration > Backup.
  2. On the Backup page, click the SDDC Manager Configurations tab.
  3. Under Backup Schedule, click Edit.
  4. On the Backup Schedule page, enter the settings and click Save.



    Automatic Backup


    Backup Frequency


    Days of the Week

    All selected

    Schedule Time

    04:02 AM

    Take Backup on State Change


    Retain Last Backups


    Retain Hourly Backups for Days


    Retain Daily Backups for Days


  5. To verify the backup, click Backup Now.


The status and the start time of the backup is displayed on the UI. You have set the SDDC Manager backup schedule to run daily at 04:02 AM and after each change of state.

If the backup is unsuccessful, verify if the SFTP server is available and able to provide its SSH fingerprint:
  • SSH to the SDDC Manager appliance run the following command as the root user:
    sftp username@IP of sftp server
    Enter the SFTP user password when prompted. The following message indicates a successful connection:
    Connected to username@IP of sftp server.
  • To check that the SFTP server SSH fingerprint is available, run:
    ssh-keygen -lf <(ssh-keyscan -t ssh-rsa -p port_number IP of sftp server 2>/dev/null)