To back up and restore a virtual machine that contains
vCenter Server, a vCenter Server Appliance, or a Platform Services Controller, you must deploy and configure vSphere Data Protection and complete basic backup and restore tasks.
Deploy the vSphere Data Protection OVF Template Deploy vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore a VM that contains vCenter Server or the vCenter Server Appliance.
Configure vSphere Data Protection During the initial vSphere Data Protection configuration you can configure the network settings and time zone information for your vSphere Data Protection Appliance. You use the vSphere Data Protection configuration wizard to register the vSphere Data Protection Appliance with vCenter Server.
Create a Backup Job in vSphere Data Protection You can create backup jobs to associate the backup of a set of one or more VMs that contain vCenter Server, the vCenter Server Appliance, and Platform Services Controller with a backup schedule and specific retention policies.
Start a Backup Job Manually A backup operation starts automatically according to the scheduled date, time, and frequency configured in the backup job. If you want to run an existing backup job immediately, you can start the process manually.
Restoring a vCenter Server Environment After you back up a VM that contains vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, or Platform Services Controller, you can restore the backup images to the original location or a new location.