UCS Backup

Backup and Export Configuration

When you perform a backup through Cisco UCS Manager, you take a snapshot of all or part of the system configuration and export the file to a location on your network. You cannot use Cisco UCS Manager to back up data on the servers.

You can perform a backup while the system is up and running. The backup operation only saves information from the management plane. It does not have any impact on the server or network traffic.

Backup Types

You can perform one or more of the following types of backups through Cisco UCS Manager:

  • Full state—A binary file that includes a snapshot of the entire system. You can use the file generated from this backup to restore the system during disaster recovery. This file can restore or rebuild the configuration on the original fabric interconnect, or recreate the configuration on a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for an import.
  • All configuration—An XML file that includes all system and logical configuration settings. You can use the file generated from this backup to import these configuration settings to the original fabric interconnect or to a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for a system restore.
  • System configuration—An XML file that includes all system configuration settings such as usernames, roles, and locales. You can use the file generated from this backup to import these configuration settings to the original fabric interconnect or to a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for a system restore.
  • Logical configuration—An XML file that includes all logical configuration settings such as service profiles, VLANs, VSANs, pools, and policies. You can use the file generated from this backup to import these configuration settings to the original fabric interconnect or to a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for a system restore.

Considerations and Recommendations for Backup Operations

Before you create a backup operation, consider the following:

Backup Locations

The backup location is the destination or folder on the network where you want Cisco UCS Manager to export the backup file. You can maintain only one backup operation for each location where you plan to save a backup file.

Potential to Overwrite Backup Files

If you rerun a backup operation without changing the filename, Cisco UCS Manager overwrites the existing file on the server. To avoid overwriting existing backup files, change the filename in the backup operation or copy the existing file to another location.

Multiple Types of Backups

You can run and export more than one type of backup to the same location. You need to change the backup type before you rerun the backup operation. We recommend that you change the filename for easier identification of the backup type and to avoid overwriting the existing backup file.

Scheduled Backups

You cannot schedule a backup operation. You can, however, create a backup operation in advance and leave the admin state disabled until you are ready to run the backup. Cisco UCS Manager does not run the backup operation, save, or export the configuration file until you set the admin state of the backup operation to enabled.

Incremental Backups

You cannot perform incremental backups of the Cisco UCS Manager system configuration.

Backwards Compatibility

Starting with Release 1.1(1) of the Cisco UCS Manager, full state backups are encrypted so that passwords and other sensitive information are not exported as clear text. As a result, full state backups made from Release 1.1(1) or later cannot be restored to a Cisco UCS instance running an earlier software release.

Import Configuration

You can import any configuration file that was exported from Cisco UCS Manager. The file does not need to have been exported from the same Cisco UCS Manager.

The import function is available for all configuration, system configuration, and logical configuration files. You can perform an import while the system is up and running. An import operation modifies information on the management plane only. Some modifications caused by an import operation, such as a change to a vNIC assigned to a server, can cause a server reboot or other operations that disrupt traffic.

You cannot schedule an import operation. You can, however, create an import operation in advance and leave the admin state disabled until you are ready to run the import. Cisco UCS Manager will not run the import operation on the configuration file until you set the admin state to enabled.

You can maintain only one import operation for each location where you saved a configuration backup file.

Import Methods

You can use one of the following methods to import and update a system configuration through Cisco UCS Manager:

  • Merge—The information in the imported configuration file is compared with the existing configuration information. If there are conflicts, the import operation overwrites the information on the Cisco UCS instance with the information in the import configuration file.
  • Replace—The current configuration information is replaced with the information in the imported configuration file one object at a time.

System Restore

You can restore a system configuration from any full state backup file that was exported from Cisco UCS Manager. The file does not need to have been exported from the Cisco UCS Manager on the system that you are restoring.

The restore function is only available for a full state backup file. You cannot import a full state backup file. You perform a restore through the initial system setup.

You can use the restore function for disaster recovery.

Required User Role for Backup and Import Operations

You must have a user account that includes the admin role to create and run backup and import operations

 

 

 

 

Backup Operations

Creating a Backup Operation

Before You Begin

Obtain the backup server IP address and authentication credentials.

 

Procedure

Step 1 In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
Step 2 Click the All node.
Step 3 In the Work pane, click the General tab.
Step 4 In the Actions area, click Backup Configuration.
Step 5 In the Backup Configuration dialog box, click Create Backup Operation.
Step 6 In the Create Backup Operation dialog box, complete the following fields:

Name Description
Admin State field This can be:

  • enabled—Cisco UCS Manager runs the backup operation as soon as you click OK.
  • disabled—Cisco UCS Manager does not run the backup operation when you click OK. If you select this option, all fields in the dialog box remain visible. However, you must manually run the backup from theBackup Configuration dialog box.
Type field The information saved in the backup configuration file. This can be:

  • Full state—A binary file that includes a snapshot of the entire system. You can use the file generated from this backup to restore the system during disaster recovery. This file can restore or rebuild the configuration on the original fabric interconnect, or recreate the configuration on a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for an import.
  • All configuration—An XML file that includes all system and logical configuration settings. You can use the file generated from this backup to import these configuration settings to the original fabric interconnect or to a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for a system restore.
  • System configuration—An XML file that includes all system configuration settings such as usernames, roles, and locales. You can use the file generated from this backup to import these configuration settings to the original fabric interconnect or to a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for a system restore.
  • Logical configuration—An XML file that includes all logical configuration settings such as service profiles, VLANs, VSANs, pools, and policies. You can use the file generated from this backup to import these configuration settings to the original fabric interconnect or to a different fabric interconnect. You cannot use this file for a system restore.
Preserve Identities check box If this check box is checked, the backup file preserves all identities derived from pools, including the MAC addresses, WWPN, WWNN, and UUIDs.
Location of the Backup File field Where the backup file should be saved. This can be:

  • Remote File System—The backup XML file is saved to a remote server. Cisco UCS Manager GUIdisplays the fields described below that allow you to specify the protocol, host, filename, username, and password for the remote system.
  • Local File System—The backup XML file is saved locally. Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays theFilename field with an associated Browse button that let you specify the name and location for the backup file.
Note    Once you click OK, the location cannot be changed.
Protocol field The protocol to use when communicating with the remote server. This can be:

  • FTP
  • TFTP
  • SCP
  • SFTP
Hostname field The hostname or IP address of the location where the backup file is stored. This can be a server, storage array, local drive, or any read/write media that the fabric interconnect can access through the network.

Note    If you use a hostname rather than an IP address, you must configure a DNS server in Cisco UCS Manager.
Remote File field The full path to the backup configuration file. This field can contain the filename as well as the path. If you omit the filename, the backup procedure assigns a name to the file.
User field The username the system should use to log in to the remote server. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP.
Password field The password for the remote server username. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP.Cisco UCS Manager does not store this password. Therefore, you do not need to enter this password unless you intend to enable and run the backup operation immediately.
Step 7 Click OK.
Step 8 If Cisco UCS Manager displays a confirmation dialog box, click OK.If you set the Admin State field to enabled, Cisco UCS Manager takes a snapshot of the configuration type that you selected and exports the file to the network location. The backup operation displays in the Backup Operations table in the Backup Configuration dialog box.
Step 9 (Optional)To view the progress of the backup operation, do the following:

  1. If the operation does not display in the Properties area, click the operation in the Backup Operations table.
  2. In the Properties area, click the down arrows on the FSM Details bar.

The FSM Details area expands and displays the operation status.

Step 10 Click OK to close the Backup Configuration dialog box.The backup operation continues to run until it is completed. To view the progress, re-open the Backup Configuration dialog box.

Running a Backup Operation

Procedure

Step 1 In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
Step 2 Click the All node.
Step 3 In the Work pane, click the General tab.
Step 4 In the Actions area, click Backup Configuration.
Step 5 In the Backup Operations table of the Backup Configuration dialog box, click the backup operation that you want to run.The details of the selected backup operation display in the Properties area.
Step 6 In the Properties area, complete the following fields:

  1. In the Admin State field, click the Enabled radio button.
  2. For all protocols except TFTP, enter the password for the username in the Password field.
  3. Optional: Change the content of the other available fields.
Step 7 Click Apply.Cisco UCS Manager takes a snapshot of the configuration type that you selected and exports the file to the network location. The backup operation displays in the Backup Operations table in the Backup Configuration dialog box.
Step 8 (Optional)To view the progress of the backup operation, click the down arrows on the FSM Details bar.The FSM Details area expands and displays the operation status.
Step 9 Click OK to close the Backup Configuration dialog box.The backup operation continues to run until it is completed. To view the progress, re-open the Backup Configuration dialog box.

Modifying a Backup Operation

You can modify a backup operation to save a file of another backup type to that location or to change the filename and avoid overwriting previous backup files.

Procedure

Step 1 In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
Step 2 Click the All node.
Step 3 In the Work pane, click the General tab.
Step 4 In the Actions area, click Backup Configuration.
Step 5 In the Backup Operations area of the Backup Configuration dialog box, click the backup operation that you want to modify.The details of the selected backup operation display in the Properties area. If the backup operation is in a disabled state, the fields are dimmed.
Step 6 In the Admin State field, click the enabled radio button.
Step 7 Modify the appropriate fields.You do not have to enter the password unless you want to run the backup operation immediately.
Step 8 (Optional)If you do not want to run the backup operation immediately, click the disabled radio button in the Admin State field.
Step 9 Click OK.

 

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