Back up an appliance manually

A backup file saves the configuration settings and management data for your appliance. You can recover from a catastrophic failure by restoring your appliance from the backup file. For more information, see About backing up the appliance.


To reduce the size of the backup file and the time it takes to create it, the firmware bundles you have uploaded to the appliance are not included in the backup file.


Backing up an appliance manually

  1. From the main menu, select Settings and do one of the following:
    1. Click Create backup in the Backup panel.
    2. Click Backup on the Settings screen, and then select Actions > Create backup.

    While the backup file is being created, a progress bar appears in the Overview pane.

    Wait for the backup file creation to complete.

  2. Optionally, click the Create backup notification banner for more information and the name of the backup file, which has the format:


  3. Verify that the backup file was created correctly. The backup file name should reflect the current date and time.
  4. After the backup file is created, do one of the following to download the backup file from the appliance:
    1. Click Download backup in the Backup panel.
    2. Select Actions > Download backup.
  5. Select the appropriate option in the dialog box to save the backup file for safekeeping:
    1. Select Transfer backup to remote backup location to store the backup file in the specified remote backup location.

      For information on configuring the remote backup location and enabling that feature, see Configure automatic remote backups.

    2. Select Download the backup to my computer to store the backup file on the local computer.

      Do not store the backup file on the appliance.