Your environment might contain multiple vCenter Server instances registered with different external Platform Services Controller instances, while the infrastructure data is replicated between thePlatform Services Controller instances. You can use vSphere Data Protection to restore any 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.

You must restore each failed vCenter Server.

Back up the virtual machines on which the vCenter Server instances reside.

You can restore to the original location the full image backup of a virtual machine that contains a vCenter Server instance manually by using the Restore backup wizard.

You can manually restore the full image backup of a virtual machine that contains a vCenter Server instance by using the Restore backup wizard.

The direct‐to‐host emergency restore operation lets you restore the virtual machine that contains vCenter Server when vCenter Server becomes unavailable or when you cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.