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

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 by using the vSphere Client. After the OVA deployment, you must log in to the vCenter Server Management Interface of the newly deployed appliance to proceed with the second stage of the restore process. See "Deploy an OVF or OVA Template" in vSphere Virtual Machine Administration vSphere Virtual Machine Administration for information about deploying an OVA file using the vSphere Client.

Prerequisites

  • Download and mount the vCenter Server installer. See Download and Mount the vCenter Server Installer.
    Note: If you are restoring a backup from a product that has a vCenter Server product patch applied, you must download the ISO of that particular patch. See https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch to search for the vCenter Server product patch. If you cannot locate the patch, search the VMware patch portal at http://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/download.portal.
  • If you plan to restore the vCenter Server on an ESXi host, verify that the target ESXi host is not in lockdown or maintenance mode or part of a fully-automated DRS cluster.
  • If you plan to restore the vCenter Server 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.

Procedure

  1. In the vCenter Server 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 Enter the server address and backup folder where the backup files are stored. Specify the protocol to use to retrieve the backup from your backup server. You can select FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, or SFTP.

    You can also enter the IP address or hostname of the backup server and browse for the location of the backup folder.

    Note: If you enter the incorrect version of a backup, a warning provides the information required to download the correct version.
    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.
  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 vCPUs and 12 GB of memory.

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

    Small Deploys an appliance with 4 CPUs and 19 GB of memory.

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

    Medium Deploys an appliance with 8 CPUs and 28 GB of memory.

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

    Large Deploys an appliance with 16 CPUs and 37 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 56 GB of memory.

    Suitable for environments with up to 2,500 hosts or 45,000 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 315 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 380 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 600 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 965 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 1705 GB of storage.
    Large Deploys an appliance with 1390 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 1435 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 1600 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 1665 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 1805 GB of storage.
    X-Large Deploys an appliance with 3145 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 3195GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 3360 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 3425 GB of storage. Deploys an appliance with 3565 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.
  14. (Optional) Edit the network configuration to match the current network environment where the vCenter Server 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 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.