VMware Validated Design Backup and Restore provides guidance on the use of the native tools for file-based backup and restore of vCenter Server, NSX-T Manager, and SDDC Manager, as well as on the use of a vSphere Storage API - Data Protection (VADP) solution for image-based backup and restore of Workspace ONE Access and the vRealize Suite components in the SDDC.

After you deploy the VMware Validated Design™ for Software-Defined Data Center, backing up management components ensures that you can keep your environment operational if a data loss or failure occurs. You implement scheduled backups to prepare for:

  • A critical failure of any management component

  • An upgrade of any management component

  • A certificate update of any management component

In addition, as a best practice, you can take on-demand manual backups in the following use cases:

  • After a successful recovery operation.

  • After resolving asynchronously reported errors in SDDC components.

  • After resolving an incomplete workflow in SDDC Manager.
  • After noting the failure of a scheduled backup of an SDDC component.

  • Immediately before performing a system upgrade.

Intended Audience

VMware Validated Design Backup and Restore is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, cloud administrators, and cloud operators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software features and a vSphere Storage API - Data Protection (VADP) solution to back up and restore the SDDC management components.

Required Software

In addition to the VMware Validated Design SDDC deployment, you must download and install a tool for backing up and restoring your SDDC. When choosing your backup tool, verify that the tool includes the following features:

You must also install and configure an SFTP server as the backup target for the file-based backups.

Before You Apply This Guidance

VMware Validated Design Backup and Restore covers backup and restore steps for an SDDC deployed by following the prescriptive path of VMware Validated Design with a management domain, one or more workload domains, and VMware vRealize Suite products. To use this document, you must be acquainted with the following guidance:

  • Introducing VMware Validated Designs

  • Architecture and Design for Backup and Restore

    Optionally, the following architecture and design documentation:

    • Architecture and Design for the Management Domain

    • Architecture and Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain or Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Kubernetes Workload Domain

    • Architecture and Design for Cloud Operations and Automation

  • Planning and Preparation Workbook

  • Deployment of the Management Domain in the First Region

  • Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region or Deployment of a vSphere with Kubernetes Workload Domain in the First Region

  • Deployment of Cloud Operations and Automation in the First Region

See Documentation Map for VMware Validated Design.

The same requirement applies if you are following the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation to deploy the operations and automation solutions. See the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.