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How to trigger manual configuration backup for a single device

After adding a new device to the network, and you don’t want to wait until the next regular configuration backup collection, you can trigger config backup through IP Fabric’s API. Here’s how.

Use Python3 requests module

The Python3 requests module is simple, yet elegant, HTTP library. To trigger a single config backup, we need to set these parameters:

  • request resource https://{hostname}/api/{api_version}/discovery/trigger-config-backup
  • request type POST
  • define IP address in the request body as {"ip": "ip_address"}
import json
import requests

# Set FQDN and version of your IP Fabric installation
url = "https://FQDN/api/API_VERSION/discovery/trigger-config-backup"

payload = json.dumps({ "ip": "IP_OF_DEVICE_TO_BACKUP" })

headers = {
  'Content-Type': 'application/json',
  'Accept': 'application/json',

response = requests.request("POST", url, headers=headers, data=payload)


Alternatively use cURL from Linux shell

curl --location --request POST 'https://FQDN/api/API_VERSION/discovery/trigger-config-backup' \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'Accept: application/json' \
--header 'X-API-Token: YOUR_API_TOKEN' \
--data-raw '{
      "ip": "IP_OF_DEVICE_TO_BACKUP"