You can use vSphere Data Protection or a third-party product that is integrated with VMware vSphere Storage APIs - Data Protection to restore a virtual machine that contains vCenter Server, vCenter Server Appliance, or Platform Services Controller.

You can use vSphere Data Protection to perform an image-based restore of a virtual machine that contains vCenter Server, a vCenter Server Appliance, or a Platform Services Controller. The virtual machine must use a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) with correct DNS resolution, or the host name of the machine must be configured to be an IP address. If the host name is configured as an IP address, the IP address cannot be changed.

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

You can restore a virtual machine that contains vCenter Server or a Platform Services Controller instance directly on the ESXi host that is running the vSphere Data Protection Appliance when the vCenter Server service becomes unavailable or when you cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.

Important

Restoring virtual machines that have snapshots or that are configured with Fault Tolerance is unsupported.

vCenter Server Restore Workflow
Restore workflow
Platform Services Controller Restore Workflow
Restore workflow