Few days ago wrote blog about how to Back up and Restore the vCenter Server 6.0 embedded vPostgres database. I am extending same topic and will discuss here how to Back Up and Restore vCenter Server using vSphere Data Protection.
One of the most critical aspects to any network, not only virtualized Infrastructure, is a solid backup strategy and VMware offers its own backup tool, VMware Data Protection to back up and restore a virtual machine (VM) that contains vCenter Server, a vCenter Server Appliance, or a Platform Services Controller.
vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is a robust, simple to deploy, disk‐based backup and recovery solution that is powered by EMC. VDP is fully integrated with the VMware vCenter Server and enables centralized and efficient management of backup jobs while storing backups in deduplicated destination storage locations.
The VMware vSphere Web Client interface is used to select, schedule, configure, and manage backups and recoveries of virtual machines.
VDP Provides fast and efficient data protection for all of your virtual machines, even those powered off or migrated between vSphere hosts.
VDP Reduces the cost of backing up virtual machines and minimizes the backup window by using Change Block Tracking (CBT) and VMware virtual machine snapshots.
VDP Allows easy backups without the need for third‐party agents installed in each virtual machine. To take a full image backup of vCenter Server or any VMs using vSphere Data Protection (VDP), minimum requirements is that VM must have VMware Tools installed and running and VM must use a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) with correct DNS resolution, or must be configured with a static IP address.
The main purpose of this blog is that, vSphere Data Protection to restore a VM that contains vCenter Server instance directly on the ESXi host that is running the vSphere Data Protection Appliance when the vCenter Server service becomes unavailable or when you cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.
One VDP Appliance supports Up to 400 Virtual Machines and one vCenter Server can support Up to 20 VDP appliances.
VDP supports Image-level Backup and Restore, VMDK Backup and Restore, and Guest‐level backups for Microsoft SQL Servers, Exchange Servers, and Share Point Servers. With guest‐level backups, client agents (VMware VDP for SQL Server Client, VMware VDP for Exchange Server Client, or VMware VDP for SharePoint Server Client) are installed on the SQL Server, Exchange Server, or SharePoint Server in the same manner that backup agents are typically installed on physical servers.
vSphere Data Protection Architecture
VDP can be deployed to any storage supported by vSphere e.g. VMFS, NFS, and VSAN datastores. Management of VDP is performed by using the vSphere Web Client.
I’ll only discuss here how to deploy VDP, Initial Configuration of VDP, Scheduled Backup of vCenter Server VM and How to restore direct-to ESXi host when vCenter Server becomes unavailable or when the user cannot access the vSphere Data Protection user interface by using the vSphere Web Client.
vSphere Data Protection (VDP) installation
1. Connect the vCenter Server using vSphere Web Client: https://vcenter6.vcix.nv:9443/vsphere-client/ with Administrative privileges.
3. It will open up Deploy OVF Template window. If you are deploying OVF first time it will ask to install the VMware Client Integration Plug‐in. Click on the Download the Client Integration Plug‐in to download, make sure you have Internet access or Download on machine has Internet Access and Install on the machine from you want to Deploy OVF.
7. Once Client Integration Plug‐in Installation finished. Connect the vCenter Server using vSphere Web Client –> Home –> Hosts and Clusters –> Right Click the Cluster/ESXi Host and choose Deploy OVF Template.
8. It Will open up Deploy OVF Template Window, Select Local File and Click Browse to Navigate to the location of the VDP Appliance .ova file. Confirm that you select the appropriate file for the datastore and Click OK. Click Next to validate the .OVA file.
14. In the Customize template screen, Enter Default Gateway, DNS, Network 1 IP Address of VDP, and Network 1 Netmask/Subnet Mask. Click Next.
VDP has been deployed and now ready for Initial Configuration.
6. On the vCenter Registration screen, Enter vCenter Server User Name, Enter Password for User, Enter vCenter Server User Name you want to register VDP with and Click Test Connection to test connection with entered vCenter Server.
That’s It. Deployment of VDP Appliance and Initial Configuration of appliance has been completed. In the Backing up and Restoring the vCenter Server 6.0 with vSphere Data Protection 6 – Part 2 will discuss how to Take Backup of VM and How to perform Emergency Restore of vCenter Server in the absence vCenter Server.
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