We discovered (the hard way, after doing a restore) that backups taken of vCenters in ELM contain inconsistent data and will likely break ELM replication if they are used to conduct a restore. We worked with VMware technical support to fix our vCenters’ ELM. It was a painful process.
See https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/85662?lang=en_us which suggests some limitations of backups of vCenters in ELM. Not an exhausive list.
I am wondering if anyone has encountered these limitations and perhaps there is a workflow we could use to conduct an offline backup? This would have to be during a scheduled outage, but it would be helpful to have some baseline clean backups in Commvault as a safety measure.
I have opened a Commvault technical support case. I think we need Commvault to request support from VMware to develop an API or fix their broken ELM backup.
The other community thread on this topic has an “answer” which is wrong. I can’t update that thread, so I am starting a new thread. For reference:
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