Manual Chapter : Schedule BIG-IQ system's UCS file backups

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.1.0
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Schedule BIG-IQ system's UCS file backups

Back up the BIG-IQ system's UCS file on a regular schedule to be sure you have a current copy of its configuration in case you ever have to perform a system recovery.
If your BIG-IQ system is part of an HA pair, create a backup schedule only for the active
Backing up the standby BIG-IQ system in a HA configuration is not supported. To recover the secondary BIG-IQ, you would synchronize from the active BIG-IQ. In the unlikely event that the active and standby BIG-IQ systems fail, use the backup to restore the active BIG-IQ and then synchronize with the standby BIG-IQ.
  1. On the left, click
    BIG-IP DEVICES
    BACKUP & RESTORE
    Backup Schedules
    .
  2. the
    Schedule Backup
    button.
  3. Type a name to identify this backup, and an optional description for it.
  4. 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.
  5. To encrypt the backup file, select the
    Encrypt Backup Files
    check box, and type and verify the passphrase.
  6. 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..
  7. For the
    Start Date
    setting, click the calendar and select the date you want BIG-IQ to start creating backups.
  8. 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
      .
  9. 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.
  10. Click the
    Save & Close
    button at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.