After the OVA deployment finishes, you are redirected to stage 2 of the restore process in which the data from the backup location is copied to the newly deployed vCenter Server Appliance.

Procedure

  1. Review the introduction to stage 2 of the restore process and click Next.
  2. Review the backup details and click Next.
  3. On the Ready to complete page, review the details, click Finish, and click OK to complete stage 2 of the restore process.

    The restore process restarts the vCenter Server Appliance Management Service. You cannot access the vCenter Server Appliance Management API during the restart.

    Important:

    If a restore operation of a vCenter Server Appliance or a Platform Services Controller appliance VM results with a failure, you must power off and delete the partially restored VM. After that you can try to restore the VM again.

  4. (Optional) : After the restore process finishes, click the https://vcenter_server_appliance_fqdn/vsphere-client to go to the vSphere Web Client and log in to the vCenter Server instance in the vCenter Server Appliance, or click the https://vcenter_server_appliance_fqdn:443 to go to the vCenter Server Appliance Getting Started page.
  5. Click Close to exit the wizard.

    You are redirected to the vCenter Server Appliance Getting Started page.

  6. Perform a post restore recovery to complete the restore process.

    Restored Node Type

    Action

    vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller

    1. Log in to the restored vCenter Server Appliance Bash shell.

    2. Run the script /usr/bin/vcenter-restore.

    Platform Services Controller appliance

    For all vCenter Server nodes in the domain

    1. Log in to the restored vCenter Server Appliance Bash shell.

    2. Run the script /usr/bin/vcenter-restore.

    vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller

    Post restore recovery is not required for this node type.

  7. If the backed up vCenter node is part of a vCenter High Availability cluster, the last needs to be reconfigured after the restore operation completes successfully.

    For information about how to perform backup and restore operations, see vSphere Availability.