In vSphere 6.5 new feature to backup vCenter Server Appliance is available. You can back up it by using build-in file-based solution which backup the core configuration and inventory into a few files. You can also decide which historical data you want to include in such backup.
The backup is available from VAMI interface ( at port 5480).
The available locations where you can backup the configuration are:
- FTP and FTPS
- HTTP and HTTPS
As I mentioned before you can choose if you want to backup the historical data aswell or not. The common part ( inventory and configuration) is always checked by default.
Tha backed up files looks like these:
In case you are forced to use your backup you have to use the vCSA ISO file downloadable from VMware site and then select the Restore option. The process is quite similar to normal deployment (2 stages in the process).