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
Just like vCloud Director, Veeam Backup & Replication treats a vApp as a coherent system. For this reason, it is recommended that you add entire vApps, not separate VMs from the vApp, to the vCD backup job. If you do not want to back up specific VMs in the vApp, you can use exclusion settings in the vCD backup job.