You can install or deploy a Platform Services Controller and register several vCenter Server instances with the same Platform Services Controller. You can use vSphere Data Protection to restore your environment if the external Platform Services Controller fails.


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.

Back up the virtual machine on which the Platform Services Controller resides.


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


After you complete the restore process of the Platform Services Controller, you must run the vcenter-restore script on the vCenter Server instances registered with the restored Platform Services Controller.