Configure an SFTP server to store backup files. After a backup file server is configured, you can start a backup at any time, or schedule recurring backups.


  1. In a web browser, log in to Global Manager at https://gm_vip_fqdn/.
  2. Select System > Backup & Restore.
  3. On the Backup tab, click Edit.
  4. Enter the IP address or FQDN of the backup file server.
  5. Change the default port if necessary. The default port is 22.
  6. The protocol text box is already filled in. SFTP is the only supported protocol.
  7. In the Directory Path text box, enter the absolute directory path where the backups will be stored.
  8. Enter the user name and password required to log in to the backup file server.
    The first time you configure a file server, you must provide a password. Subsequently, if you reconfigure the file server, and the server IP or FQDN, port, and user name are the same, you do not need to enter the password again.
  9. Leave the SSH Fingerprint blank and accept the fingerprint provided by the server after you click Save in a later step.
  10. Enter a passphrase.
    Note: You will need this passphrase to restore a backup. If you forget the passphrase, you cannot restore any backups.
  11. Click Edit under the Schedule label.
    You can schedule recurring backups or trigger backups for configuration changes.
    1. Click the Recurring Backup toggle.
    2. Click Weekly and set the days and time of the backup, or click Interval and set the interval between backups.
    3. Enabling the Detect NSX configuration change option will trigger an unscheduled full configuration backup when it detects any runtime or non-configuration related changes, or any change in user configuration. For Global Manager, this setting triggers backup if any changes in the database are detected, such as the addition or removal of a Local Manager or Tier-0 gateway or DFW policy.
    4. You can specify a time interval for detecting database configuration changes. The valid range is 5 minutes to 1,440 minutes (24 hours). This option can potentially generate a large number of backups. Use it with caution.
    5. Click Save.

What to do next

After you configure a backup file server, you can click Backup Now to manually start a backup at any time. Automatic backups run as scheduled. You see a progress bar of your in-progress backup.