Your environment might consist of vCenter Server or a vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller. You can use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore a vCenter Server environment with an embedded Platform Services Controller.

Important

You can back up and restore only virtual machines that contain vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, and Platform Services Controller. You cannot back up and restore physical machines that are running vCenter Server by using vSphere Data Protection.

The workflow for backing up and restoring a vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller includes the following tasks:

1

Deploy the vSphere Data Protection Appliance.

See Deploy the vSphere Data Protection OVF Template.

2

Complete the initial vSphere Data Protection configuration.

See Configure vSphere Data Protection.

3

Perform image-based backups of all vCenter Server instances.

See Create a Backup Job in vSphere Data Protection.

4

(Optional) To run an existing backup job immediately, start the process manually.

See Start a Backup Job Manually.

5

Restore the failed vCenter Server by using one of the available methods:

Restore a virtual machine to the original location.

See Restore a Virtual Machine to the Original Location.

Restore a virtual machine to a new location.

See Restore a Virtual Machine to a New Location.

Restore a virtual machine directly to the ESXi host that is running the vSphere Data Protection Appliance if the vCenter Server service becomes unavailable or if you cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.

See Restore a Virtual Machine with the Direct-to-Host Emergency Restore Operation.

6

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