Your environment might consist of vCenter Server or a vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller. You can use a third-party product to restore a vCenter Server environment with an embedded Platform Services Controller.

Important: You can back up and restore only virtual machines that contain vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, and Platform Services Controller. You cannot back up and restore physical machines that are running vCenter Server by using a third-party product.


  1. Restore the vCenter Server virtual machine onto the ESXi host using a third-party solution.
  2. Log into the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface, https://appliance-IP-address-or-FQDN:5480.
  3. Run the reconciliation operation and provide the Single Sign-On credentials.
  4. If you are restoring the last embedded node in the enhanced linked mode deployment, run the reconciliation operation with the ignore_warnings flag selected.

What to do next

Power on the restored virtual machine that contains the restored vCenter Server instance.