Your environment might contain multiple vCenter Server instances registered with different external Platform Services Controller instances, and the infrastructure data is replicated between the Platform Services Controller instances. You can use vSphere Data Protection for backing up and restoring the whole environment so that you can restore any failed vCenter Server instances.
- Deploy the vSphere Data Protection Appliance.
- Complete the initial vSphere Data Protection configuration.
- Perform image-based backups of all Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server instances. Note: Back up all vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances at the same time.
- (Optional) To run an existing backup job immediately, start the process manually.
- Restore each failed vCenter Server.
- Restore a virtual machine to the original location.
- Restore a virtual machine to a new location.
- Restore a virtual machine directly to the ESXi host that is running the vSphere Data Protection Appliance if the vCenter Server service becomes unavailable or if you cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.
- Power on the virtual machine that contains the restored vCenter Server.