After you back up a VM that contains vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, or Platform Services Controller, you can restore the backup images to the original location or a new location.

You can restore VMs to the original location by either overwriting the backed up VM or by creating a new VM that contains the restored vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, or Platform Services Controller on the same ESXi host. You can also restore the VM on a new ESXi host.

Important

Restoring VMs that have snapshots is unsupported.

You can restore a VM on the ESXi host that is running the vSphere Data Protection Appliance. The direct‐to‐host emergency restore operation lets you restore a VM when vCenter Server becomes unavailable or when the user cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.

You can restore full image backups of VMs that contain vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, or Platform Services Controller manually by using the Restore backup wizard.

You can restore full image backups manually by using the Restore backup wizard.

The direct‐to‐host emergency restore operation lets you restore the VM that contains vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, or Platform Services Controller when vCenter Server becomes unavailable or when you cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.