NSX – Schedule/Backup/Restore NSX Manager data

You can back up and restore your NSX Manager data, which can include system configuration, events, and audit log tables. Configuration tables are included in every backup. Backups are saved to a remote location that must be accessible by the NSX Manager.

You can back up NSX Manager data at any time by performing an on-demand backup.

Backup Procedure

1. Log in to the NSX Manager Virtual Appliance.


2. Under Appliance Management, click Backups & Restore.

3. To specify the backup location, click Change next to “FTP Server Settings”.

  • Type the IP address or host name of the backup system.
  • From the Transfer Protocol drop-down menu, select either SFTP or FTP, based on what the destination supports.
  • Edit the default port if required.
  • Type the user name and password required to login to the backup system.
  • In the Backup Directory field, type the absolute path where backups will be stored.
  • Type a text string in Filename Prefix. This text is prepended to each backup filename for easy recognition on the backup system. For example, if you type ppdb, the resulting backup is named as ppdbHH_MM_SS_DayDDMonYYYY.
  • Type the pass phrase to secure the backup.
  • Click OK.

4. Required To specify schedule details, click Change next to Scheduling.

  • From the Backup Frequency drop-down menu, select Hourly, Daily, or Weekly. The Day of Week, Hour of Day, and Minute drop-down menus are disabled based on the selected frequency. For example, if you select Daily, the Day of Week drop-down menu is disabled as this field is not applicable to a daily frequency.
  • For a weekly backup, select the day of the week the data should be backed up.
  • For a weekly or daily backup, select the hour at which the backup should begin.
  • Select the minute at which the begin and click Schedule.

5. To exclude logs and flow data from being backed up, click Change next to Exclude.

  • Select the items you want to exclude from the backup.
  • Click OK.

Restore Procedure

You can restore a backup only on a freshly deployed NSX Manager appliance.

To restore an available backup, the Host IP Address, User Name, Password, Backup Directory, Filename Prefix, and Pass Phrase fields in the Backup Location screen must have values that identify the location of the backup to be restored.

1. Log in to the NSX Manager Virtual Appliance.

2. Under Appliance Management, click Backups & Restore.

3. In the Backups History section, select the check box for the backup to restore.

4. Click Yes.

5. Click OK to confirm.

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