VMware vCenter Appliance 6.7 (VCSA) Backup to NFS

By | 2019-04-28

In my previous blog posts, I’ve explained how to setup a automatic, consistent Backup of your VMware vCenter Appliance (VCSA):

Beginning with vSphere 6.7 U2, there are some new options for your backup: you can now directly backup to a NFS or SMB filesystem. With these two new options, you now have seven possible protocols for your backup: HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SCP, NFS, and SMB. There is no need for an additional host for FTP oder SCP, if you already have a NFS or SMB server. Sounds perfect for some environments …

But how to use these new protocols? First of all, make sure you have updated to 6.7 U2 🙂

Now edit your Backup Schedule and fill in your NFS-Share and the schedule options. For NFS, you don’t need a Username/Password – but you cannot proceed without filling it – so just type “root” and “test1234” for example 🙂

Now you can run a manual test backup:

If you now mount your NFS share and change into the newly created folder, you have a complete, consistent backup of your VMware vCenter Appliance (VCSA):

3 thoughts on “VMware vCenter Appliance 6.7 (VCSA) Backup to NFS

  1. cy

    Nice post! I tried NFS, but restoring directly from the NFS share does’t seem to work. I ran the VCSA installer and clicked the restore button. Then when I fill in the location or IP/hostname with the NFS://… protocol, it’s not recognized. Build i’m using is 13643870.

  2. Matt M

    I found that when presenting the NFS mount to vCenter appliance, initially we opened the mount to read/write. This setting failed repeatedly. Finally allowing root access to the mount resolved the problem. I’m not sure if this is common or a known setting. I searched all config docs and nothing pointed to this being needed. You’d figure read/write would be suitable for backing up. Anyone else experience this when configuring the NFS storage for VCSA backups?


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