vCenter recovery - using Veeam "NOT recommended"

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Re: vCenter recovery - using Veeam "NOT recommended"

Veeam Logoby DRUMDUDESAN » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:52 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi,
There is much talk in this thread from the field that now concerns me.
My environment is vCenter 5.x on Windows 2008R2 running Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition version 10.50.2500.0.

Is this thread correct and the proper way to restore vCenter in a DR scenario?
https://www.veeam.com/kb1913

If not what is Veeam's proper way to restore vCenter in a Windows environment?

Thanks
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Re: vCenter recovery - using Veeam "NOT recommended"

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:26 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi Jeff, yes, recommendations in this KB are correct.
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[MERGED] vCenter 6.5 on Windows with vPostgres Restore

Veeam Logoby JMcClane » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:16 pm

Hi,
this is my first posting here, but we are using Veeam for a couple of years now.

some weeks ago, we updated our VMware environment from ESXi 6.0 to ESXi 6.5., which means, we also migrated our vCenter Server to 6.5.
With this release vCenter 6.5 uses vPostgres Database on Windows Servers as well.

Has anybody managed to create a consitent backup with this Version?
If I restore my vCenter Server, it will not work. If I try to access the webonterface I get this error, which points to a database error.
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503 Service Unavailable (Failed to connect to endpoint: [class Vmacore::Http::NamedPipeServiceSpec:0x00000030a93b5870] _serverNamespace = / action = Allow _pipeName =\\.\pipe\vmware-vpxd-webserver-pipe)


Is there a special trick I have to use during Backup of the vCenter VM, I do not know, to get a consistent and valid backup of this machine?

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Re: vCenter recovery - using Veeam "NOT recommended"

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:16 pm

Hi Rolf, please review the thread above for some hints and feel free to contact technical support for a closer look.
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Re: vCenter recovery - using Veeam "NOT recommended"

Veeam Logoby ngreen » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:42 pm

This thread is very confusing. With the latest VCSA 6.5 using embedded Postgres only, what is the recommended process?

We can perform a backup but it sounds like it won't be application consistent and might not recoverable. There's been some talk of using pre and post scripts, but no samples provided. I'm still not clear whether we can use Veeam at all for backup and recovery of VCSA 6.5 (using B&R 9.5 update 2) or have to use VMware's new method to export/import the config.

Given the importance of vCenter and VMware's push to getting everyone using VCSA, don't you think it deserves an up to date Veeam KB article with definitive instructions?
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Re: vCenter recovery - using Veeam "NOT recommended"

Veeam Logoby flaren » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:34 pm 1 person likes this post

How to Backup vCenter Server Appliance KB has been published https://www.veeam.com/kb2328
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Re: vCenter recovery - using Veeam "NOT recommended"

Veeam Logoby Pat490 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:20 am 1 person likes this post

also VCSA 6.5 has included Backup function in VAMI interface. You can do it manually from VAMI web interface or script it to do it automatically.
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