System

Clear DB

Backup

Before erasing databases, make sure that the backup is available!

In rare cases, it may be necessary to delete the IP Fabric's database. Go to Settings → Advanced → System and click Clear DB.

Discovery data will be lost and the system setting will be reset to defaults except:

Certification authorities

By default, the IP Fabric only trusts certificates issued by CAs listed in the nodejs. Because internal systems typically use certificates signed by an internal CA, the root certificate of this certification authority needs to be uploaded.

For example, establishing a secure connection between IP Fabric and LDAP server requires a trusted certificate chain.

Upload root CA certificate

  1. Go to Settings → Advanced → System → Certification Authorities.
  2. Click Upload CA.
  3. Enter root CA certificate Name (it's only your overview)
  4. Choose file
  5. Click Save

Delete root CA certificate

  1. Go to Settings → Advanced → System → Certification Authorities.
  2. Select certificate and click Delete on the right.
  3. Confirm delete using the Delete button.

Rename root CA certificate

  1. Go to Settings → Advanced → System → Certification Authorities.
  2. Select certificate and click Edit on the right.
  3. Change Name
  4. Click Save

Schedule system backup

Backup

Use IP Fabric backup to protect your important data.

There are two types of backup:

  • Local backup

  • Remote backup (FTP, sFTP)

Security tip
Backups are encrypted with osadmin user password configured during the first boot wizard. When you lose osadmin user password, backups are also lost!

Local backup

Local backup saves database, user and system files locally on a dedicated backup volume. It's highly recommended placing backup volume on different datastore ideally on different physical storage.

Backup Disk
The backup disk is not present by default! Please add a new virtual disk to enable local backups. (See steps below)

Adding a new virtual disk to your IP Fabric VM as a local backup disk

  1. Open your VM platform.

  2. Go to IP Fabric VM settings and add New Hard Disk

  3. Select size of a new disk

  4. Specify the type of a new disk (for the backup volume it is recommended to select a virtual disk on a different datastore ideally on different physical storage)

  5. Finish configuration wizard.

  6. Launch Remote (Web) Console.

  7. Reboot (Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete function can be also used) or power on IP Fabric VM.

  8. During system boot, a Disk space expansion wizard appears.

  9. Select Yes to start disk space expansion.

  10. Expand the new volume as a backup (Backup is used only for local backups).

  11. Selected volume is extended.

  12. Enter OK

Automatic Local Backups

To schedule automatic local backups do the following steps:

  1. Add dedicated backup volume if not available - see steps above.

  2. Login to the user interface.

  3. Go to Settings → Advanced → System → Schedule system backup.

  4. Change Destination to Local hard drive.

  5. Set a backup schedule. See example for "Every day at 3:00".

  6. Enable backup

Remote backup

Remote backup saves database, user and system files remotely using FTP or sFTP protocol.

This is a recommended type of backup.

To set up remote backup do the following steps:

  1. Login to the user interface.

  2. Go to Settings → Advanced → System → Schedule system backup.

  3. Enable backup

  4. Change Destination to FTP or SFTP.

  5. Set a backup schedule. See example for "Every day at 5:15 and 17:15 (for setting more options, please, hold SHIFT during selection)".

  6. Change Destination to FTP or SFTP.

  7. Enter remote FTP/SFTP Server FQDN or IP address. Make sure that your DNS client is configured and working properly in case of FQDN.

  8. Enter Username to access FTP/SFTP server.

  9. Enter Password to access FTP/SFTP server.

  10. If you would like to use a different Directory than FTP/SFTP root please specify.

  11. Click Save (The IP Fabric platform will immediately test the connection)

  12. IP Fabric tries to reach FTP/SFTP server with configured parameters.

FTP/SFTP user needs read, write, list and delete permissions.

Trigger a backup manually (on-demand)

Both types of backup can be also triggered manually on demand. This is useful for example before a system upgrade.

Manual backup can be triggered from IP Fabric Administrative interface:

  1. Login to admin interface (for example https://ipfabric.example.com:8443)

  2. Go to Restore or Backup

  3. Select Backup from Do you wish to proceed with a backup or restore? drop-down menu.

  4. For local backup select Local hard drive from the Backup files destination.

  5. For remote backup select FTP or SFTP from the Backup files destination.

    1. Enter remote FTP/SFTP Server FQDN or IP address. Make sure that your DNS client is configured and working properly in the case of FQDN.

    2. Enter Username to access FTP/SFTP server.

    3. Enter Password to access FTP/SFTP server.

    4. If you would like to use a different Directory than FTP/SFTP root please specify.

  6. Click Next