Backing Up and Restoring

Best Practices:

Step

Instructions

1

Before the upgrade:

  • Save a snapshot of your source system.

    This backs up the entire configuration.

  • Save a backup of your source system.

    This file lets you extract the most important configuration easily.

  • Collect the CPinfo file from your source system (see sk92739).

    This file lets you see the most important configuration easily with the DiagnosticsView tool (see sk125092).

2

Immediately after the Pre-Upgrade Verifier (PUV) finishes successfully and does not show you further suggestions:

  • Save a second snapshot of your source system.

  • Save a second backup of your source system.

  • Collect a second CPinfo file from your source system.

3

Transfer the CPinfo file, snapshot, backup files, and exported database files to external storage devices. Make sure to transfer the files in the binary mode.

Backing up and restoring in Management High Availability environment:

To back up a Security Management Server:

Operating System

Backup Recommendations

GaiaClosed Check Point security operating system that combines the strengths of both SecurePlatform and IPSO operating systems.

  1. Take the Gaia snapshot.

  2. Collect the management database with the "migrate_server export" / "migrate export" command.

  3. Collect the Log Exporter configuration (see sk127653).

SecurePlatform

  1. Take the SecurePlatform snapshot.

  2. Collect the management database with the "migrate_server export" / "migrate export" command.

Linux

Collect the management database with the "migrate_server export" / "migrate export" command.

Windows

Collect the management database with the "migrate export" command.

To back up a Multi-Domain Server:

Operating System

Backup Recommendations

Gaia

  1. Take the Gaia snapshot.

  2. Collect the full backup with the mds_backup command.

  3. Collect the Log Exporter configuration (see sk127653).

SecurePlatform

  1. Take the SecurePlatform snapshot.

  2. Collect the full backup with the mds_backup command.

Linux

  1. Collect the full backup with the mds_backup command.

  2. Collect the Log Exporter configuration (see sk127653).

To back up a Security Gateway or a Cluster Member:

Operating System

Backup Recommendations

Gaia

Take the Gaia snapshot.

SecurePlatform

Take the SecurePlatform snapshot.

To back up a VSX environment:

Follow sk100395: How to backup and restore VSX Gateway.

To back up a Virtual Machine environment:

See the vendor documentation for your virtual platform.

For more information, see:

  1. sk108902: Best Practices - Backup on Gaia OS

  2. Gaia Administration Guide (see the Documentation section in the Home Page SK for your current version)

  3. sk54100: How to back up your system on SecurePlatform

  4. SecurePlatform Administration Guide (see the Documentation section in the Home Page SK for your current version)

  5. Multi-Domain Security Management Administration Guide (see the Documentation section in the Home Page SK for your current version) - Chapter Command Line Reference - Section mds_backup

  6. Command Line Interface Reference Guide - the "migrate" and "migrate_server" commands.

  7. sk110173: How to migrate the events database from SmartEvent server R7x to SmartEvent Server R80 and above.

  8. sk100395: How to backup and restore VSX Gateway.

  9. sk127653: How to back up and restore Log Exporter configuration.