You can use a third-party product to restore a vCenter Server environment.

Important: You can back up and restore only virtual machines that contain vCenter Server instances. 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. Use the service-control --status --all command to verify that the services have started.
    Wait for all the vCenter Server services to start, which can take several minutes.
  3. Log into the vCenter Server Management Interface, https://appliance-IP-address-or-FQDN:5480.
  4. Run the reconciliation operation and provide the Single Sign-On credentials.

What to do next

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