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Backup And Restore

Backup

Use IP Fabric backup to protect your important data.

There are two types of backup:

  • Local backup
  • Remote backup (FTP, sFTP)

Tip

Backups are encrypted with osadmin user password configured during the first boot wizard. When you lose osadmin user password, backups are also lost!

Local Backup

Local backup saves database, user and system files locally on a dedicated backup volume. It’s highly recommended placing backup volume on different datastore ideally on different physical storage.

Backup Disk

The backup disk is not present by default! Please add a new virtual disk to enable local backups. (See below)

To add a new backup drive and mount it as desired, follow instructions in Increase Disk Space - Local Backup Disk.

Trigger a Backup Manually (On-Demand)

Both types of backup can be also triggered manually on demand. This is useful for example before a system upgrade.

Warning

A directory has to be specified for FTP and SFTP backups.

Directory path for SFTP has to be defined as an absolute path and for FTP as a relative path. Directory has to exist on the remote side. If it does not exist, you will get an error.

Manual backup can be triggered from IP Fabric Administrative interface:

  1. Login to admin interface (for example https://ipfabric.example.com:8443)

  2. Go to Restore or Backup

  3. Select Backup from Do you wish to proceed with a backup or restore? drop-down menu.

  4. For local backup select Local hard drive from the Backup files destination.

  5. For remote backup select FTP or SFTP from the Backup files destination.

    1. Enter remote FTP/SFTP Server FQDN or IP address. Make sure that your DNS client is configured and working properly in the case of FQDN.

    2. Enter Username to access FTP/SFTP server.

    3. Enter Password to access FTP/SFTP server.

    Username and Password character restrictions

    Username must start with A-Za-z and can contain only A-Za-z0-9.

    Password can contain only the following characters A-Za-z0-9.,/-_@%^:=+

    4. Specify a Directory where FTP/SFTP backup should be uploaded.

  6. Click Next

Restore

In case of database or system corruption, IP Fabric can be restored from a backup.

Info

Restore is supported only to the same version of IP Fabric as source of a backup. This is checked automatically during restore.

The only exception are snapshots which can be restored to any version of IP Fabric appliance.

Restore From Local Hard Drive

  1. Login to admin interface (for example https://ipfabric.example.com:8443)

  2. Go to Restore or Backup

  3. Select Restore from Do you wish proceed a backup or restore? drop down menu.

  4. Select What restore? There are four options:

    1. Restore data & all system services - This option restores database and system files. It’s usable for restore from general system failures or upgrade failures.

    2. Restore database - it means that only database data are restored. It can be sufficient in case of database failure or accidental database drop.

    3. Restore syslog data - it means that only syslog data are restored. It can be sufficient in case of database failure or accidental database drop.

    4. Restore snapshot file - particular snapshot can be restored.

  5. For restore from local backup choose Local hard drive from Backup files source.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Select backup file - there is year, month, day and time when a backup file was created in a backup filename.

  8. Click Restore.

Warning

Backups are encrypted with osadmin user password configured during the First Boot Wizard. When you lose osadmin user password, all backups encrypted by this password are lost.

Restore From Remote Server

  1. Login to admin interface (for example https://ipfabric.example.com:8443)

  2. Go to Restore or Backup

  3. Select Restore from Do you wish proceed a backup or restore? drop down menu.

  4. Select What restore? There are four options:

    1. Restore data & all system services - This option restores database and system files. It’s usable for restore from general system failures or upgrade failures.

    2. Restore database - it means that only database data are restored. It can be sufficient in case of database failure or accidental database drop.

    3. Restore syslog data - it means that only syslog data are restored. It can be sufficient in case of database failure or accidental database drop.

    4. Restore snapshot file - particular snapshot can be restored.

  5. For restore from local backup choose FTP or SFTP from Backup files source.

  6. Specify Server FQDN or IP address. Make sure that your DNS client is configured and working properly in case of FQDN.

  7. Enter Username to access FTP/SFTP server.

  8. Enter Password to access FTP/SFTP server.

  9. If you would like to use different Directory than FTP/SFTP root please specify.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Select backup file - there is year, month, day and time when a backup file was created in a backup filename.

  12. Click Restore.

Username and Password character restrictions

Username must start with A-Za-z and can contain only A-Za-z0-9.

Password can contain only the following characters A-Za-z0-9.,/-_@%^:=+

Warning

Backups are encrypted with osadmin user password configured during the First Boot Wizard. When you lose osadmin user password, all backups encrypted by this password are lost.