To perform an image-based backup of a virtual machine that contains vCenter Server, a vCenter Server Appliance, or a Platform Services Controller, you must first deploy and configure vSphere Data Protection and complete basic backup tasks.

The topology of your vCenter Server environment may vary and consist of many vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances. You must always perform the backup of all vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances simultaneously.

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.

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Deploy vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore virtual machines that contain vCenter Server, a vCenter Server Appliance, or a Platform Services Controller.

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During the initial vSphere Data Protection configuration you can configure the network settings and time zone information for your vSphere Data Protection Appliance. You use the vSphere Data Protection configuration wizard to register the vSphere Data Protection Appliance with vCenter Server.

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You can create backup jobs to associate the backup of a set of one or more VMs that contain vCenter Server, the vCenter Server Appliance, and Platform Services Controller with a backup schedule and specific retention policies.

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A backup operation starts automatically according to the scheduled date, time, and frequency configured in the backup job. If you want to run an existing backup job immediately, you can start the process manually.