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 and restore a consistent Management High Availability environment, make sure to collect and restore the backups and snapshots from all Security Management Servers or Multi-Domain Security Management Servers at the same time. (This does not apply to Multi-Domain Log Servers.)

  • Make sure other administrators do not make changes in SmartConsole until the backup operation is completed.

For more information:

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 command.

  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 backup and restore Log Exporter configuration on R80.X upgrades.

To back up a Security Management Server:

Operating System

Backup Recommendations

Gaia

  1. Take the Gaia snapshot.

  2. Collect the backup with the "migrate export" command.

SecurePlatform

  1. Take the SecurePlatform snapshot.

  2. Collect the backup with the migrate export command.

Linux

Collect the backup with the migrate export command.

Windows

Collect the backup 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.

SecurePlatform

  1. Take the SecurePlatform snapshot.

  2. Collect the full backup with the mds_backup command.

Linux

Collect the full backup with the mds_backup command.

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.