vCenter 6.5 Appliance Backup and Restore

With the release of vSphere 6.5 VMware has introduced a new method for creating a backup of the vCenter Appliance. This method is available from the vCenter Appliance web management interface on port 5480 (https://applianceaddress:5480). In this article I will explain how to create a backup and what the restore procedure is.

vCenter Appliance backup

Schedule vCenter 6.5 appliance backups with vRealize Orchestrator

With the release of vSphere 6.5 VMware has introduced a new method for creating a backup of the vCenter Appliance. This method is available from the vCenter Appliance web management interface on port 5480 (https://applianceaddress:5480).

Tip: Starting with vSphere 6.7 scheduling functionality has been added as a native feature in the appliance, eliminating the need for this workflow. It still applies to vSphere 6.5.

Running VMware vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance on Ravello Systems

Running the VMware vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance on the Ravello Systems cloud is not supported in its native format. If you have created a local working copy of the appliance then you can import it into the Ravello Systems cloud environment. When you then want to Edit and Verify the imported virtual machine an error message will be generated that Ravello Systems only supports 7 virtual disks but the appliance was created by VMware with 11 virtual disks.

In this image you can see disks 10 and 11 of the imported appliance:

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