In stage 1 of the restore process, you deploy the OVA file, which is included in the vCenter Server Appliance GUI installer.

Before you begin

  • Download and mount the vCenter Server Appliance installer. See Download and Mount the vCenter Server Appliance Installer.

  • If you plan to restore the vCenter Server Appliance on an ESXi host, verify that the target ESXi host is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.

  • If you plan to restore the vCenter Server Appliance on a DRS cluster of a vCenter Server inventory, verify that the cluster contains at least one ESXi host that is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.

  • If you plan to assign a static IP address to the appliance, verify that you have configured the forward and reverse DNS records for the IP address.

  • If you are attempting to restore a vCenter Server instance that is still running, power off the backed up vCenter Server before you start the restore operation.

About this task

As an alternative to performing the first stage of the restore with the GUI installer, you can deploy the OVA file of the new vCenter Server Appliance or Platform Services Controller appliance by using the vSphere Web Client or VMware Host Client. To deploy the OVA file on an ESXi host or vCenter Server instance 5.5 or 6.0, you can also use the vSphere Client. After the OVA deployment, you must log in to the appliance management interface of the newly deployed appliance to proceed with the second stage of the restore process.

Procedure

  1. In the vCenter Server Appliance installer, navigate to the vcsa-ui-installer directory, go to the subdirectory for your operating system, and run the installer executable file.
    • For Windows OS, go to the win32 subdirectory, and run the installer.exe file.

    • For Linux OS, go to the lin64 subdirectory, and run the installer file.

    • For Mac OS, go to the mac subdirectory, and run the Installer.app file.

  2. On the Home page, click Restore.
  3. Review the Introduction page to understand the restore process and click Next.
  4. Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  5. On the Enter backup details page, enter the details of the backup file that you want to restore, and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Backup location type

    Select the protocol to use to retrieve the backup from your backup server. You can select HTTPS, HTTP, SCP, FTPS, or FTP.

    Backup location

    Enter the server address and backup folder where the backup files are stored.

    Port

    Enter the default or custom port of the backup server.

    User name

    Enter the user name of a user with read privileges on the backup server.

    Password

    Enter the password of the user with read privileges on the backup server.

    Encryption password

    If the backup file was encrypted, enter the encryption password.

  6. Review the backup information, and click Next.
  7. Connect to the ESXi host or vCenter Server on which you want to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance to use for the restore operation.

    Option

    Steps

    You can connect to an ESXi host on which to deploy the appliance to use for the restore operation.

    1. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the ESXi host.

    2. Enter the HTTPS port of the ESXi host.

    3. Enter the user name and password of a user with administrative privileges on the ESXi host, for example, the root user.

    4. Click Next.

    5. Verify that the certificate warning displays the SHA1 thumbprint of the SSL certificate that is installed on the target ESXi host, and click Yes to accept the certificate thumbprint.

    You can connect to a vCenter Server instance and browse the inventory to select an ESXi host or DRS cluster on which to deploy the appliance to use for the restore operation.

    1. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the vCenter Server instance.

    2. Enter the HTTPS port of the vCenter Server instance.

    3. Enter the user name and password of user with vCenter Single Sign-On administrative privileges on the vCenter Server instance, for example, the administrator@your_domain_name user.

    4. Click Next.

    5. Verify that the certificate warning displays the SHA1 thumbprint of the SSL certificate that is installed on the target vCenter Server instance, and click Yes to accept the certificate thumbprint.

    6. Select the data center or data center folder that contains the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to deploy the appliance, and click Next.

      Note:

      You must select a data center or data center folder that contains at least one ESXi host that is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.

    7. Select the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to deploy the appliance, and click Next.

  8. Accept the certificate warning.
  9. Enter a name for the vCenter Server Appliance, set up the password for the root user, and click Next.
  10. Select the deployment size for the new vCenter Server Appliance depending on the size of your vSphere inventory.

    Deployment Size Option

    Description

    Tiny

    Deploys an appliance with 2 CPUs and 10 GB of memory.

    Suitable for environments with up to 10 hosts or 100 virtual machines

    Small

    Deploys an appliance with 4 CPUs and 16 GB of memory.

    Suitable for environments with up to 100 hosts or 1,000 virtual machines

    Medium

    Deploys an appliance with 8 CPUs and 24 GB of memory.

    Suitable for environments with up to 400 hosts or 4,000 virtual machines

    Large

    Deploys an appliance with 16 CPUs and 32 GB of memory.

    Suitable for environments with up to 1,000 hosts or 10,000 virtual machines

    X-Large

    Deploys an appliance with 24 CPUs and 48 GB of memory.

    Suitable for environments with up to 2,000 hosts or 35,000 virtual machines

  11. Select the storage size for the new vCenter Server Appliance, and click Next.
    Important:

    You must consider the storage size of the appliance that you are restoring.

    Storage Size Option

    Description for Tiny Deployment Size

    Description for Small Deployment Size

    Description for Medium Deployment Size

    Description for Large Deployment Size

    Description for X-Large Deployment Size

    Default

    Deploys an appliance with 250 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 290 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 425 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 640 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 980 GB of storage.

    Large

    Deploys an appliance with 775 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 820 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 925 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 990 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 1030 GB of storage.

    X-Large

    Deploys an appliance with 1650 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 1700 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 1805 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 1870 GB of storage.

    Deploys an appliance with 1910 GB of storage.

  12. From the list of available datastores, select the location where all the virtual machine configuration files and virtual disks will be stored and, optionally, enable thin provisioning by selecting Enable Thin Disk Mode.
  13. On the Configure network settings page review the settings populated from the backup file of the vCenter Server Appliance.
  14. (Optional) : Edit the network configuration to match the current network environment where the vCenter Server Appliance is restored.
  15. On the Ready to complete stage 1 page, review the deployment settings for the restored vCenter Server Appliance and click Finish to start the OVA deployment process.
  16. Wait for the OVA deployment to finish, and click Continue to proceed with stage 2 of the restore process to transfer the data to the newly deployed appliance.
    Note:

    If you exit the wizard by clicking Close, you must log in to the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface to transfer the data.

Results

The newly deployed vCenter Server Appliance is running on the target server but the data is not copied from the backup location.