Performing Backup of VMware Cloud Director VMs

The VMware Cloud Director backup is practically the same as a regular VM backup. The VMware Cloud Director backup job aggregates main settings for the backup task and defines when, what, how and where to back up VMware Cloud Director VMs.

You can perform the VMware Cloud Director backup job for single VMs and for VM containers:

  • vApp
  • Organization VDC
  • Organization
  • VMware Cloud Director instance

Just like a regular backup job, the VMware Cloud Director backup job can be scheduled or run manually. To create a VMware Cloud Director backup job, do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, click Backup Job > Virtual Machine and select VMware Cloud Director.
  • Open the Home view, in the inventory pane right-click Jobs and select Backup > Virtual Machine > VMware Cloud Director.
  • Open the Inventory view, click the View tab and click Cloud Director View on the ribbon. In the inventory pane expand the VMware Cloud Director hierarchy, in the working area select one or more VMs, click Add to Backup on the ribbon and select New job. Alternatively, you can right-click one or several VMs and select Add to backup job > New job. In this case, the selected VMs will be automatically added to the new VMware Cloud Director backup job. You can add other VMs to the job when passing through the wizard steps.

You can quickly include VMs to already existing VMware Cloud Director backup jobs. To do this, in the Inventory view, in the working area right-click necessary VMs and select Add to backup job > <name of the job>.

The backup wizard for VMware Cloud Director offers the same options as the backup wizard for VMware virtual machines. For more information, see Creating Backup Jobs.


Consider the following:

  • Limitation of concurrent tasks applies in the same way as for backup jobs. Veeam Backup & Replication ignores vApps. For more information, see Limitation of Concurrent Tasks.
  • If you run a VMware Cloud Director backup job for the vApp, the job is considered to finish with the Success status and the complete restore point for the vApp is created only if all VMs in the vApp are successfully backed up. If any VM in the job fails, the restore point for the vApp will be in the incomplete status, and you will not be able to restore the whole vApp from such restore point. However, you will be able to perform restore to the original vApp for VMs that were partially or successfully backed up and whose data is available in the incomplete restore point. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore all data that is available for such VMs in the backup.

Create job for VMware Cloud Director

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