- In a Web browser, go to the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface, https://appliance-IP-address-or-FQDN:5480.
- Log in as root.
- In the vCenter Server ApplianceManagement Interface, click Summary.
- Click Backup.The Backup Appliance wizard opens.
- Enter the backup protocol and location details.
Option Description Backup protocol Select the protocol to use to connect to your backup server. You can select FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, or SCP.For FTP, FTPS, HTTP, or HTTPS the path is relative to the home directory configured for the service. For SCP, the path is absolute to the remote systems root directory. Backup location Enter the server address and backup folder in which to store the backup files. Port Enter the default or custom port of the backup server. User name Enter a user name of a user with write privileges on the backup server. Password Enter the password of the user with writeprivileges on the backup server.
- (Optional) Select Encrypt Backup Data to encrypt your backup file and enter a password for the encryption.If you select to encrypt the backup data, you must use the encryption password for the restore procedure.
- Click Next.
- On the Select parts to backup page, review the data that is backed up by default.
- (Optional) Select Stats, Events, and Tasksto back up additional historical data from the database.
- (Optional) In the Description text box, enter a description of the backup and click Next.
- On the Ready to complete page, review the summary information for the backup and click Finish.The Backup Progress window opens and indicates the progress of the backup operation.
- After the backup process finishes, click OKto close the Backup Progress window.
You successfully created a backup file of the vcenter server appliance.
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You need to use a backup solution (Veeam for example). vCSA backup from VAMI it's possible only from vCenter 6.5.
you need to enter the vcenter appliance by putting the port: 5480 (https: // appliance-IP-address-or-FQDN: 5480) at the bottom. This allows you to enter the vcenter configuration and there is also the backup button.
On vcsa 6.0 it is not possible, this feature was added starting with 6.5
You can upgrade your vCenter without any problem but if you concern about it, consider each of following methods as the backup solution:
1. use Virtualization Backup solutions like VEEAM Backup & Replication, VMware Data Protection, Symantec Backup Exec or any other backup system that does support the vSphere environment
2. Try this: /usr/local/bin/vCSA-Backup.sh in a shell or SSH access to the vCenter server. (maybe you need chmod command to change file permission in that folder)
3. Generate a Full Clone of your VCSA VM as you said or at least copy all of its VMDKs
4. vCenter Backup option in management web interface of vCenter Server (https://vcsa_fqdn:5480) have a Backup solutions but it's a method for using in version 6.5 and also higher version (support FTP, SCP, HTTPS and so on. also some protocols have been add in vSphere 6.7 U2)Please mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem