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vSphere 6.5 – Restore VCSA from Backup

by Brian

The previous blog post was about natively backing up the VCSA 6.5. But a backup though is only as good as it’s ability to restore.

To be able to restore a VCSA Backup, you will still need the VCSA 6.5 ISO handy, as you will kick off the Appliance Installer UI and click the ‘Restore’ button.

Backup Restore

You will then be walked through a similar Stage 1 workflow that we discussed in deploying VCSA here. There are some differences though so make sure you pay attention to what is being asked for.


Accept the EULA and move on.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-15-51

Here you will need to input all of the information that was used in creating the backup. If your backup was encrypted, make sure you add the encryption password below or you will receive an error.


Here’s what mine looked like once I added all of my information.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-16-16

The Appliance Installer UI will then have you review your backup information. Ensure you have the correct backup and pay attention to things such as the Appliance Build Number and size.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-16-22

I have not switched out my certificates so I get this nice little warning. If you are in the same boat as me, click yes and move on.


Next, it will have you select your target for VCSA. Select an ESXi Host or vCenter Server for deployment.


You’ll be asked to select a folder for the VCSA


As well as a target host if you chose a vCenter Server above.


Give it a VM name (if you use the same name as your old VCSA VM, you need to make sure it has been removed from vCenter)


Select the size of VCSA you originally had, or resize larger if you prefer.


Choose a datastore for the VCSA VM to reside on.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-18-18

Choose your target PortGroup and ensure the network information is still correct.


Review all of the information from the Stage 1 wizard and click ‘Finish’. screenshot-2016-10-18-20-21-08

The VCSA will begin deploying to the chosen target that was selected in the wizard.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-21-12 screenshot-2016-10-18-20-25-22

Once it is complete, click ‘Continue’ to being stage 2 of the restore.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-34-03

Stage 2 is all about the VCSA configuration. Click ‘Next’ to begin.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-34-11

You’ll see the backup details and if all looks good, click ‘Finish’screenshot-2016-10-18-20-34-45

You’ll see the progress for the VCSA restorescreenshot-2016-10-18-20-35-48

Once it’s complete, you’ll get the links to the Web Client and ‘Getting Started’ pages just like you did when you originally deployed VCSA.screenshot-2016-10-18-20-49-54

You are now good to go with a cleanly restored VCSA from backup. Login and have a look!

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Jake Pribble December 12, 2016 - 7:46 pm

question – you say to make sure you remove the VCSA from vcenter before restoring if you do not change the name – I don’t understand. Isn’t the VCSA actually vcenter? So when you restore it would still have the old name and I thought it should work.
Can you set me straight on that? 🙂

Brian Graf February 18, 2017 - 9:33 am

If you want the restored VCSA to have the same VM name as the original VCSA, you will have to remove the first one. Otherwise you have to choose a new VM name (for within vCenter) for the restored VCSA.

BL March 22, 2017 - 4:59 am

How can you restore to an vDS? if the vcenter is down? Dont I need to first create a standardswitch on the esxi?

Kirill March 22, 2017 - 5:15 am

Also If you has updated VCSA, after first restore you have to install updates on VCSA to complete restore process.

Brian April 11, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Hi Kirill,
The idea is that you are creating regular backups. When you take a look at the version of the backup you can then make sure that you deploy a VCSA appliance (do not configure) that matches the same build as your backup. Then obviously you’d want to go ahead and update your VCSA to the latest version.

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