You can install or deploy a Platform Services Controller and register several vCenter Server instances with the same Platform Services Controller. You can use vSphere Data Protection for backing up and restoring the whole environment, so that if any of the vCenter Server instances fails, you can restore the failed vCenter Server instance.

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.

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 the external Platform Services Controller and all vCenter Server instances.

See Create a Backup Job in vSphere Data Protection.

Note

Back up all vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances at the same time.

4

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

See Start a Backup Job Manually.

5

Restore each failed vCenter Server.

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.