Migrating a VMware vSphere Data Protection appliance to another vCenter Server instance
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Migrating a VMware vSphere Data Protection appliance to another vCenter Server instance


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VMware vSphere ESXi


This article provides information about the supportability and steps for migrating a vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance with existing data, including restore points, from one vCenter Server to another.


VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.8.x
VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1.x
VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5.x


  • The old vCenter Server is running. If not, an alias must be created on vSphere Data Protection (VDP) in /etc/host:

    new_VC_IP new_VC_hostname old_VC_hostname
  • In the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) configuration utility (VDP Configure page), all services are up. If services are down, then they should be brought back before reconfiguration is initiated.
  • Ensure that no maintenance task such as garbage collection, integrity check, rollback are running.
    To confirm, run this command on the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance:

  • Ensure that no replication jobs are running.
  • Ensure that no backups/restore jobs are running.
  • Similarly, changing existing vCenter Server information such as hostname, FQDN or IP, the operation results in loss of all backup jobs, replication jobs, and backup verification jobs associated with the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Appliance. Re-configuring the jobs is required.
  • If using the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced Appliance, you must also reassign vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced licenses to hosts in the new vCenter Server environment.
Note: Restore points remain intact.
The procedure is identical to registering the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) to the vCenter Server for the first time.
  1. Connect to the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Configuration page:

  2. In the Configuration tab:

    vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 5.1/5.5 - Click Click to modify vCenter configuration.

    vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 5.8 - Click Settings > vCenter registration. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

  3. Enter the new vCenter Server information and credentials.