Manual Chapter : Common Elements: backup files

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.1.0
Manual Chapter

Common Elements: backup files

Creating a backup (in the form of a UCS file) for all devices in your network (including the BIG-IQ system itself) allows you to easily restore a configuration if a system becomes unstable. It's a good idea to create a system backup on a regular basis and immediately before you perform a software upgrade or make significant configuration changes.
  1. On the left, click
    BIG-IP DEVICES
    BACKUP & RESTORE
    Backup Schedules
    .
  2. On the left, click
    BIG-IP DEVICES
    BACKUP & RESTORE
    Backup Files
    .
  3. Select the check box next to each device you want to create a backup for, and click the
    Schedule Backup
    button.
  4. Select the check box next to each device you want to create a backup for, click the
    More
    button and select
    Back Up Now
    .
  5. Select the check box next to each device you want to create a backup schedule for, click the
    More
    button and select
    Schedule Backup
    .
  6. Type a name to identify this backup, and an optional description for it.
  7. Type a name to identify this backup, and an optional description for it.
  8. If you want to include the SSL private keys in the backup file, select the
    Include Private Keys
    check box.
    If you save a copy of the SSL private key, you can reinstall it if the original one becomes corrupt.
  9. To encrypt the backup file, select the
    Encrypt Backup Files
    check box, and type and verify the passphrase.
  10. Use the
    Local Retention Policy
    setting to specify how long you want to keep the backup file on BIG-IQ.
    • To delete the copies of the backup after a certain number of days, select
      Delete local backup copy
      and specify the number of days to keep the backup copy before deleting it.
    • To keep copies of the backups indefinitely, select
      Never Delete
      .
  11. For the
    Backup Frequency
    setting, select
    Daily
    ,
    Weekly
    , or
    Monthly
    for the
    Schedule Backup
    to specify how often backups are created. Based on the frequency, you can then specify the days and time you want to create the backups..
  12. For the
    Start Date
    setting, click the calendar and select the date you want BIG-IQ to start creating backups.
  13. For the
    End Date
    setting, click the calendar and select the date you want BIG-IQ to stop creating backups. Alternatively, if you want BIG-IQ to create backups indefinitely, select the
    No End Date
    check box.
    By default, BIG-IQ saves the local file to the
    /shared/ucs_backups
    directory. If you need to free up storage on BIG-IQ, you must manually delete files from this directory.
  14. To keep copies of backups remotely on a SCP or SFTP server:
    1. For the
      Archive
      setting, select the
      Store archive copy of backup
      check box.
    2. For the
      Location
      setting, select
      SCP
      or
      SFTP
      .
    3. In the
      IP Address
      field, type the IP address of the remote server where you want to store the archives.
    4. In the
      User Name
      and
      Password
      fields, type the credentials to access this server.
    5. In the
      Directory
      field, type the name of the directory where you want to store the archives on the remote server.
    Storing a backup remotely means you can restore data to a BIG-IP device even if you can't access the archive in the BIG-IQ system directory.
    If you configure BIG-IQ to save backup files to a remote server and that server is unavailable during a scheduled backup, BIG-IQ ignores the local retention policy and retains the local copy of the backup file. This ensures that a backup is always available. To remove those local backups, you must delete them.
    Archived copies of backups are kept permanently on the remote server you specify. If you want to clear space on the remote server, you have to manually delete the backups.
  15. Select the
    Groups
    or
    Individuals
    option.
  16. If you selected
    Individuals
    , from the
    Available
    list, click the individual devices you want to back up and
    ->
    to move it to the
    Selected
    list.
  17. Click the
    Save
    button
  18. Select the check box next to the device you want to restore and click the
    Restore
    button.
  19. Select the check box next to the backup file you want to restore and click the
    Restore
    button.