Backing Up and Restoring the vCenter Appliance
instructions to install and configure an ftp server.
A. Add the package by typing the following: sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install vsftpd
B. Edit the /etc/vsftpd.conf file using gedit or vi (gui vs cli tools). Uncomment two lines
write_enable=YES and local_umask=022. Add the following four lines ... allow_writable-chroot=YES, pasv_enable=YES, pasv_min_port=40000 and pasv_max_port=40100.
Verify your steps.
C. Restart the ftp process by typing sudo service vsftpd restart. Verify your steps.
D. Add the ftp user by typing sudo useradd -m ftpuser -s /usr/sbin/nologin.
E. Give the ftpuser a password by typing sudo passwd ftpuser. Verify your steps.
F. Add a new line by typing /usr/sbin/nologin to the /etc/shells file. Here is what it should look like.
G. Type chmod -R 777 /home/ftpuser
Step 2: Connect to the vCenter Appliance using port 5480 and log in as root.
Step 3: Click on Backup.
Step 4: Specify the protocol, the username and name of the backup.
Step 5: Verify that the backup starts and wait a few minutes.
Step 6. Confirm that the backup worked.
Step 7: Look at the results.
Note: Should the backup fail, putty into the vCenter Appliance and access the /var/log/vmware/applmgmt folder. There is a log called backup.log that displays backup related information.
Step 8: To restore, simply deploy a new one using the iso. Towards the bottom, you will see the restore choice.
Step 4: Once the restore is complete, connect to the new vCenter server and verify functionality.