Proper backup of all vCloud Networking and Security components is crucial to restore the system to its working state in the event of a failure.

The vShield Manager backup contains all of the vShield configuration, including virtual wires and routing entities, security, vApp rules, and everything else that you configure within the vShield Manager UI or API. The vCenter database and related elements like the virtual switches need to be backed up separately.

At a minimum, we recommend taking regular backups of vShield Manager and vCenter. Your backup frequency and schedule might vary based on your business needs and operational procedures. We recommend taking vCloud Networking and Security backups frequently during times of frequent configuration changes.

vShield Manager backups can be taken on demand or on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.

We recommend taking backups in the following scenarios:

  • Before a vCloud Networking and Security or vCenter upgrade.

  • After a vCloud Networking and Security or vCenter upgrade.

  • After Day Zero deployment and initial configuration of vCloud Networking and Security components, such as after the creation of virtual switches, edges, security, and firewall policies.

  • After infrastructure or topology changes.

  • After any major Day 2 change.

To provide an entire system state at a given time to roll back to, we recommend synchronizing vCloud Networking and Security component backups with your backup schedule for other interacting components, such as vCenter, cloud management systems, operational tools, and so on.