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.

Note: This procedure describes the steps by using vSphere Data Protection 6.1.3. The steps might vary if you use a different version of vSphere Data Protection.


Use the vSphere Web Client to log in to the vCenter Server instance that manages your environment. Log in as the user with administrator privileges that was used during the vSphere Data Protection configuration.


  1. On the vSphere Web Client Home page, click vSphere Data Protection.
  2. On the Backup tab, select the backup job that you want to run.
  3. Click Backup now, and select Backup all sources.
    A dialog box confirms that the backup operation was successfully initiated.