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VMware vSphere 5.5 Essentials

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Essentials

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Table of Contents (20 chapters)
VMware vSphere Essentials
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Backing up vCenter Server

Backup of vCenter Server depends on which deployment strategy was undertaken. If the vCenter Server is a physical system, then the method used will be different than if vCenter Server is deployed as an appliance.

The recommended practice is to take a full backup of your vCenter Server system. Keep in mind that VMware does not support installing third-party backup agents, so you will need to use a backup product that supports agentless VM backup. A very common practice is to use the VMware Data Protection Appliance or any other products that also use the vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP).

Before starting a conventional backup, the following services should be stopped:

  • vCenter Server Service

  • vCenter Inventory Service

  • vCenter Single Sign-On Service

  • VMware VCMSDS (active directory application mode database) service

  • Database services

vCenter Server depends on its database, and the backup of the database should be taken according to the database solution which is used....