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.


  1. Review the introduction to stage 2 of the restore process and click Next.
  2. Review the backup details and click Next.
  3. If you are restoring a node with enhanced linked mode support for vCenter Server appliance, you are asked to provide the Single Sign-On credentials. Enter the Single Sign-On user name and password, then click Validate and Recover.
  4. 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 Management Service. You cannot access the vCenter Server Management API during the restart.
    Important: If a restore operation of a vCenter Server 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.
  5. (Optional) After the restore process finishes, click the https://vcenter_server_appliance_fqdn/ui to go to the vSphere Client and log in to the vCenter Server instance , or click the https://vcenter_server_appliance_fqdn:443 to go to the vCenter Server Getting Started page.
  6. Click Close to exit the wizard.
    You are redirected to the vCenter Server Getting Started page.
  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.

What to do next

After successful completion of the restore operation, in the event of a total loss of all storage and servers where all the physical hardware or the data in the hardware is lost, follow the instructions in the VMware knowledge base article at in order to recover the system to a pre-restore state at the time of the backup.