Automate Backups of VDS & Distributed Portgroup Configurations in VMware vSphere 5.1
One of the coolest new networking feature found in vSphere 5.1 in my opinion is the ability to backup and restore a vSphere Distributed Virtual Switch (VDS) and/or vSphere Distributed Portgroup configurations. As you can imagine, there are a variety of use cases for leveraging such a feature like periodic backups in case of user error, change management, rollback and recovery, configuration audit/management and the list goes on and on.
If you have tried the new VDS backup and restore feature, you will notice it is currently a manual task today using the new vSphere Web Client. However, the VDS backup and restore feature is also available through the vSphere API and this allows you to easily create periodic backups or on-demand backups prior to making changes to your VDS configurations. These APIs can be useful to both vSphere/Network administrators as well as 3rd party partners who are developing network management tools to be able to take backups prior to applying any new configuration changes.
The following two vSphere API methods are available for backup and restore:
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Automate Backups of VDS & Distributed Portgroup Configurations in vSphere 5.1- Uptime (VMware and Business Continuity)