Veeam Backup & Replication lets you back up vCloud Director vApps and restore them back to the vCloud Director hierarchy.
In terms of vCloud Director, a vApp is a coherent system that includes one or more VMs. Every vApp is described with a set of operational details — vApp metadata. vApp metadata contains the following information:
- vApp owner settings
- Access rights settings
- vApp network settings: information about organization networks to which the vApp is connected
- Lease settings and so on
When Veeam Backup & Replication performs backup of a vApp, it backs up all VMs being a part of this vApp along with the vApp metadata. Backup of the vApp is performed with the vCD backup job. The vCD backup job may contain one or several vApps. If necessary, you can exclude specific VMs and VM disks from the backup when configuring a vCD backup job.
Veeam Backup & Replication offers the following restore options for backed-up vApps:
- Restoring vApps to vCloud Director
- Restore of separate VMs being a part of the vApp to vCloud Director
Veeam Backup & Replication shows restore points of a VM that is no longer processed, for example excluded from the job or deleted, as long as incremental backup files with this VM exist in the active backup chain. After Veeam Backup & Replication deletes the files according to the retention policy, it also hides the VM restore points from the list of restore points created with this backup job. Although the full backup file with the VM may still exist, restore from this file into the vCloud Director is not supported.