You can perform a cold backup of the vCenter appliance in LinuxBE due to its unique disk layout. However, bare metal recovery is not permitted.
Start LinuxBE and initiate the backup task using the graphical user interface (GUI).
Overwriting recovery is permitted for specific reasons, but bare metal recovery is not allowed.
The reasons why bare metal recovery is not allowed
In the vCenter appliance, the root partition is typically on an LVM-configured disk. Other disks are also LVM-configured, but the Partition Table is left unconfigured. During AIP restoration, formatting relies on Partition Table information. Since the Partition Table isn't configured, formatting can't proceed, resulting in the failure of the restore process during bare metal recovery due to layout creation issues.
If the vCenter appliance is not bootable, follow these steps to restore.
1) Deploy new appliance
2) Boot vCenter appliance on LinuxBE and perform overwrite restore
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