After the OVA deployment finishes, you are redirected to stage 2 of the restore process in which the data from the backup location is copied to the newly deployed vCenter Server Appliance.

1

Review the introduction to stage 2 of the restore process and click Next.

2

Review the backup details and click Next.

3

On the Ready to complete page, review the details, click Finish, and click OK to complete stage 2 of the restore process.

The restore process restarts the vCenter Server Appliance Management Service. You cannot access the vCenter Server Appliance Management API during the restart.

Important

If a restore operation of a vCenter Server Appliance or a Platform Services Controller appliance VM results with a failure, you must power off and delete the partially restored VM. After that you can try to restore the VM again.

4

(Optional) After the restore process finishes, click the https://vcenter_server_appliance_fqdn/vsphere-client to go to the vSphere Web Client and log in to the vCenter Server instance in the vCenter Server Appliance, or click the https://vcenter_server_appliance_fqdn:443 to go to the vCenter Server Appliance Getting Started page.

5

Click Close to exit the wizard.

You are redirected to the vCenter Server Appliance Getting Started page.

6

Perform a post restore recovery to complete the restore process.

Restored Node Type

Action

vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller

a

Log in to the restored vCenter Server Appliance Bash shell.

b

Run the script /usr/bin/vcenter-restore.

Platform Services Controller appliance

For all vCenter Server nodes in the domain

a

Log in to the restored vCenter Server Appliance Bash shell.

b

Run the script /usr/bin/vcenter-restore.

vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller

Post restore recovery is not required for this node type.

7

If the backed up vCenter node is part of a vCenter High Availability cluster, the last needs to be reconfigured after the restore operation completes successfully.

For information about how to perform backup and restore operations, see vSphere Availability.