Use IP Fabric backup to protect your important data.
There are two types of backup:
Remote backup (FTP, sFTP)
Security tipBackups are encrypted with osadmin user password configured during the first boot wizard. When you lose osadmin user password, backups are also lost!
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 DiskThe backup disk is not present by default! Please add a new virtual disk to enable local backups. (See steps below)
Open your VM platform.
Go to IP Fabric VM settings and add New Hard Disk
Select size of a new disk
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)
Finish configuration wizard.
Launch Remote (Web) Console.
Reboot (Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete function can be also used) or power on IP Fabric VM.
During system boot, a Disk space expansion wizard appears.
Select Yes to start disk space expansion.
Expand the new volume as a backup (Backup is used only for local backups).
Selected volume is extended.
To schedule automatic local backups do the following steps:
Add dedicated backup volume if not available - see steps above.
Login to the user interface.
Go to Settings → Advanced → System → Schedule system backup.
Change Destination to Local hard drive.
Set a backup schedule. See example for "Every day at 3:00".
Remote backup saves database, user and system files remotely using FTP or sFTP protocol.
This is a recommended type of backup.
A directory has to be specified for FTP and SFTP backups
To set up remote backup do the following steps:
Change Destination to FTP or SFTP.
Set a backup schedule. See example for "Every day at 5:15 and 17:15 (for setting more options, please, hold SHIFT during selection)".
Enter remote FTP/SFTP Server FQDN or IP address. Make sure that your DNS client is configured and working properly in case of FQDN.
Enter Username to access FTP/SFTP server.
Enter Password to access FTP/SFTP server.
Specify a Directory where FTP/SFTP backup should be uploaded.
Click Save (The IP Fabric platform will immediately test the connection)
IP Fabric tries to reach FTP/SFTP server with configured parameters.
FTP/SFTP user needs read, write, list and delete permissions.
From version 4.1.1 onward we do not check validity of SSL certificates during FTP backups.
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:
Login to admin interface (for example https://ipfabric.example.com:8443)
Go to Restore or Backup
Select Backup from Do you wish to proceed with a backup or restore? drop-down menu.
For local backup select Local hard drive from the Backup files destination.
For remote backup select FTP or SFTP from the Backup files destination.
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.