Can we backup vcenter appliance using snapshot backup?

  • 21 January 2022
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We have a VMware vcenter, through which we browse and backup VMs.  We would like to backup the appliance, what is the best practise. Using same VMware snapshot backup?


Best answer by MichaelCapon 21 January 2022, 11:24

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Hi @ameersyed,


As per the documentation:

If vCenter is running on a virtual machine, you can use a Virtual Server Agent backup to protect the virtual machine as well as the vCenter database and files. This is the recommended method for backing up a vCenter Server Appliance.

When vCenter runs on a virtual machine, consider the following points when using the Virtual Server Agent to back up the VM:

  • Configure a separate subclient for a virtual machine where vCenter is running.
  • Schedule backups at a time when other backups for the vCenter are not running.


Hope this helps.

Best Regards,


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it’s a linux based vCenter appliance. Do we need to install VMware agent ? or can it be added directly to commvault.

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hi @ameersyed 

Never try to install anything inside the VCSA:wink: . Keep it untouched as from VMWare, this way’ll always get support from them. And with Commvault no need to install something inside it.

You just need to deploy/setup a VSA proxy or add this to your MediaAgent to be able to protect your VCSA. Details through @MichaelCapon ‘s link