You can use vSphere Data Protection to associate the backup of a vRealize Operations Manager multi-node cluster with a backup schedule and retention policies.

About this task

Be aware of these guidelines when you back up vRealize Operations Manager systems.

  • Use a resolvable host name and a static IP address for all nodes.

  • Back up the entire virtual machine. You must back up all VMDK files that are part of the virtual appliance.

  • Do not stop the cluster while performing the backup.

  • Do not perform backup while dynamic threshold (DT) calculations are running because this might lead to performance issues or loss of nodes.

You are not required to delete any snapshots, however, be aware that vSphere Data Protection deletes all existing snapshots at the time of backup.

Prerequisites

  • Disable quiescing.

  • Verify that all nodes are powered on and are accessible while the backup is taking place.

  • Deploy and configure the vSphere Data Protection appliance. See the vSphere Data Protection Administration Guide.

  • Verify that the vSphere Data Protection appliance is installed on the vCenter Server instance where the vRealize Operations Manager cluster is deployed.

  • Verify that you have sufficient disk space available for your vSphere Data Protection instance. This depends on the size of the multi-node cluster that you want to back up.

  • Use the vSphere Web Client to log in as an administrator to the vCenter Server instance that manages your environment.

  • In the vSphere Web Client verify that the virtual machines have the latest version of VMware Tools installed.

Procedure

  1. In the left pane of the vSphere Web Client, select vSphere Data Protection.
  2. Select the preconfigured vSphere Data Protection appliance and click Connect.
  3. On the Getting Started tab, select Create Backup Job.
  4. Leave the Guest Images option selected, and click Next.
  5. Leave the Full Images option selected, and click Next.
  6. In the inventory tree select all the nodes of the cluster that you want to back up, and click Next.
  7. Set a schedule for the backup job, and click Next.
  8. Specify a retention policy for the backup job, and click Next.
  9. Enter a name for the backup job, and click Next.
  10. Review the summary information for the backup job and click Finish.

    The newly created backup job is listed on the Backup tab. The backup runs automatically according to the schedule you configured.

  11. (Optional) : To run the backup job manually at a later time.
    1. On the Backup tab, select the backup job.
    2. Click Backup Now, and select Backup all sources.
  12. (Optional) : On the Reports tab, select Job Details to verify that the backup job was completed.

What to do next

Restore a backed up system.