Manual Chapter : What are configuration snapshots?

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.0.0
Manual Chapter

What are configuration snapshots?

On the BIG-IQ, a
snapshot
is a backup copy of the module-specific object configuration settings that the BIG-IQ uses. You can create a snapshot of the current object configurations defined on the BIG-IQ to provide yourself a restore point. With this restore point, you can freely experiment with configuration settings, knowing that you can easily restore the BIG-IQ back to a known good collection of configuration settings.
As with most other object configuration settings, creating a snapshot or restoring from a snapshot does nothing to the object settings on the managed device until and unless you deploy those settings to the managed device.
This table shows common snapshot work flow tasks and descriptions.
Snapshot work flow tasks
Task
Description
For details on this task
Create Snapshot
Creating a snapshot makes a copy of the configuration settings that the BIG-IQ currently has stored for the objects on a managed device.
Refer to
Create a snapshot
on
support.f5.com
.
Compare Snapshot
You can either compare a snapshot to the present BIG-IQ object configuration settings, or you can compare two snapshots.
Refer to
Compare snapshots
on
support.f5.com
.
Restore
When you want to revert configuration settings, choose a snapshot that contains the settings you want, and restore them.
Refer to
Restore some objects from a snapshot
or
Restore all objects from a snapshot
on
support.f5.com
.
Deploy
If the configuration changes you are reverting were deployed to a managed device or if you are reverting after importing objects from a managed device, you need to deploy the settings to the managed device to get back to the known good state that you used to create the snapshot.
Refer to
Create a snapshot
on
support.f5.com
.
Configuration snapshots are created manually. This type of snapshot does not include events or alerts.
If an Access group version changes to a later BIG-IQ version and you attempt to restore a snapshot created during the previous version, then restoring that snapshot can cause working configuration changes that can cause a deployment failure.