Something I have learned over my career as a consultant is to back up everything before performing an upgrade, and then back it up again another way 🙂 There’s nothing worse than an upgrade going sideways and having no way to back out. Also, if you’re doing any sort of work in an enterprise setting, furnishing a back-out plan before you begin may well be a requirement. This is to ward off extended downtime and potential financial loss as a result. As deploying the vCenter Server Appliance (or whatever we’re calling it now…) becomes the de facto method of deploying vCenter, a Windows admin can sometimes no longer pop into SSMS and fire off a quick backup of the database. Especially as of version 6.0, the embedded vPostgres database is capable of handling quite a large environment, so more folks are opting to use it. As such, I’m going to go over how to grab a backup of it. It’s good practice to do this regularly if you aren’t getting a backup of it another way, and I also recommend doing this before any sort of upgrade (as I’m doing now). Here we go!