After you implement the Cloud-Based Automation for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, backing up the newly-added components ensures that you can keep your environment operational if data loss or failure occurs.

For validated data protection solutions, see VMware Cloud Foundation Validated Solutions.

You implement backups to prepare for:

  • A critical failure of a component

  • An upgrade of a component

  • A certificate update of a component

You take the following backup types:

  • Scheduled backups, which ensure that at any given point in time, you can restore from a recent backup.

  • Manual backups before a system update, which ensure that if the operation is unsuccessful, you can restore to a point in time immediately before the operation.

  • Manual backups after a recovery of a failed part of the system.

The Cloud Proxy and Cloud Extensibility Proxy appliances support data protection through the creation of consistent image-level backups, using backup software that is based on the vSphere Storage APIs - Data Protection (VADP).

To ensure that all management components are backed up correctly, you must create a series of backup jobs that capture the state of a set of related components at a common point in time. With some components, simultaneous backups of the component nodes ensure that you can restore the component to a state where the nodes are logically consistent with each other and eliminate the necessity for further logical integrity remediation of the component.



Cloud Proxy appliance


Cloud Extensibility Proxy appliance


  1. Log in to your VADP-compatible backup solution by using a set of credentials with permissions to create backup jobs.

  2. Create backup jobs by using these configurations.

    1. Schedule the backups to run on a daily basis.

    2. Retain each backup for a minimum of three days.