Continuing on with features found in the vSphere Distributed Switch, the Backup and Restore capability is a feature I rarely saw used when I was in the field. I saw, and still do see, customers going out of their way to make sure they can backup the vCenter database, and even more so SSO, but if you have to rebuild your vCenter or migrate to a new one and don’t have a backup of your Distributed Switch you’re going to be in for a lot of work.

This video shows you how you can backup and then also restore an entire Distributed Switch to a new vCenter and also restoring a port group configuration back to a working state after a change was made in error.

As per my usual I’ve also created a walkthrough for this process which is available here.

If you want to test out the VDS remember we have Hands-on Labs available, specifically for VDS check out  HOL-SDC-1302 – vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z.


About the Author

Mike Brown

Mike Brown is a Senior SDDC integration Architect in the Integrated Systems Business Unit. Mike works on architecture and design for the core and networking elements in the VMware Validated Designs. He has over 20 years of industry experience and holds many IT certifications including VMware Certified Design Expert DCV and NV (#71), VCAP-CID, VCAP-CIA VCAP-DCD 4/5/6, VCP-NV, VCIX-NV, VCP-Cloud, VCP 3/4/5, VCP-DT 4, Microsoft MCSE, MCITP: EA, MCSA: Messaging, Citrix CCEA, CCA, CommVault Administration, Engineering, Support, and Novell CNE, CNA.