You can use the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface to set a backup location, create a backup schedule, and monitor backup activity.


Log in to the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface as root.


  1. In the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface, click Backup.
  2. To create a backup schedule, click Configure. To edit an existing backup schedule, click Edit.
    1. In the Backup Schedule pane, enter the backup location using the format protocol://server-address<:port-number>/folder/subfolder.
      Supported protocols for backup are FTPS, HTTPS, SCP, FTP, and HTTP.
    2. Enter the username and password for the backup server.
    3. Enter the time and frequency for the backup to occur.
    4. (Optional) Enter an encryption password for the backup.
    5. Indicate the number of backups to retain.
    6. Indicate the types of data to be backed up.
  3. To initiate a manual backup, click Backup Now.


Information for scheduled and manual backups is displayed in the Activity table.