You can set a data protection policy directly on your vApps as long as the virtual data center in which the vApp resides is configured for data protection. Configuring data protection for a vApp overrides any data protection policies set at the virtual data center level.

Verify that you have a subscription to the Data Protection Service.

Verify that you have end user or virtual infrastructure administrator privileges.


If necessary, set the virtual data center containing the vApps to self-service mode:


From the VDCs protected page, selected the virtual data center that contains the vApps.


From the Actions menu, choose Switch to Self Service.

A confirmation messages appears confirming the virtual data center for which you are setting Self Service mode.


Click Switch to Self Service.

The list of virtual data centers refreshes.


Click vAPPs protected.


Select the vApp for which you want to configure a data protection policy.


Click Enable from the top menu bar.

The Enable Data Protection dialog box appears.


In the Data Protection Frequency field, enter the number of days that you want the vApp to be protected. Maximum 365 days – no minimum.


In the Backup Window Start field, select a time window from the drop-down list.

The Backup Window Start value configures when the backup process should start. The value indicates the beginning of a 2 hour window during which the backup will run. Running backups by using a window prevents all your backups from running simultaneously and causing excessive system load. The backup process completes during that 2 hour window.


Click Enable Data Protection.

A confirmation message appears indicating that you successfully configured the data protection policy for the vApp.