Saving and backing up your Business Cloud

Please note: Business Cloud backups are the user's responsibility, and loss of data will not be supported by our Hosting Team.


You can create a copy of a VM and store the extra copy in the current vApp, or any other. Copied VMs and vApps count towards your Business Cloud plan's included resources.

  1. Navigate to My Cloud > vApps.
  2. Select the vApp that contains the VM you want to copy.
  3. Move to the second tab, Virtual Machines.
  4. Select the wanted VM and right-click, Power off
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  5. Once the VM is powered off, you can right-click it and click on Copy to. This step will launch the new VM setup wizard. 
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  6. Select the vApp to which you want to copy the virtual machine and hit Next
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  7. Choose the wanted network. i.e. External Network.
  8. Select the wanted method of IP allocation, i.e. Static - IP Pool
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  9. Confirm the details by clicking on Next and Finish. A copy of your VM will appear in the wanted vApp, and both virtual machines can be powered on now.

You can create a snapshot of a virtual machine, and restore it back to its previous state, in case something has gone wrong. You can create one snapshot per virtual machine, or per vApp.

Please note: Snapshots cannot be automated.

  1. Click on My Cloud > vApps > select the vApp from the list. 
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  2. To create a snapshot of the entire vApp, click on the blue cog action button. Click on Create Snapshot. The option should be available if the vApp is fully running. 
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  3. To create a snapshot of a single virtual machine, right-click the VM and click on Create Snapshot
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  4. Confirm the details and click OK
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  5. You can now revert back to the snapshot by right-clicking the VM and clicking on Revert to Snapshot.

If you require assistance using vCloud Director you can click Help at the top right of the vCloud Director page to access the User Help section, or contact iiNet Hosting on 1300 378 638 or