You can back up NSX Manager data by performing an on-demand backup or a scheduled backup.

NSX Manager backup and restore can be configured from the NSX Manager virtual appliance web interface or through the NSX Manager API. Backups can be scheduled on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.

The backup file is saved to a remote FTP or SFTP location that NSX Manager can access. NSX Manager data includes configuration, events, and audit log tables. Configuration tables are included in every backup.

Restore is only supported on the same NSX Manager version as the backup version. For this reason, it is important to create a new backup file before and after performing an NSX upgrade, one backup for the old version and another backup for the new version.


  1. Log in to the NSX Manager Virtual Appliance.
  2. Under Appliance Management, click Backups & Restore.
  3. To specify the backup location, click Change next to FTP Server Settings.
    1. Type the IP address or host name of the backup system.
    2. From the Transfer Protocol drop-down menu, select either SFTP or FTP, based on what the destination supports.
    3. Edit the default port if required.
    4. Type the user name and password required to login to the backup system.
    5. In the Backup Directory field, type the absolute path where backups will be stored.

      To determine the absolute path, you can log in to the FTP server, navigate to the directory that you want to use, and run the present working directory command (pwd). For example:

      PS C:\Users\Administrator> ftp
      Connected to
      220 server-nfs FTP server ready.
      User ( admin
      331 Password required for admin.
      230 User admin logged in.
      ftp> ls
      200 PORT command successful.
      150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for 'file list'.
      226 Transfer complete.
      ftp: 22 bytes received in 0.00Seconds 22000.00Kbytes/sec.
      ftp> cd datastore-01
      250 CWD command successful.
      ftp> pwd
      257 "/datastore-01" is current directory.
    6. Type a text string in Filename Prefix.

      This text is prepended to each backup filename for easy recognition on the backup system. For example, if you type ppdb, the resulting backup is named as ppdbHH_MM_SS_DayDDMonYYYY.

    7. Type the pass phrase to secure the backup.

      You will need this pass phrase to restore the backup.

    8. Click OK.

    For example:

  4. For an on-demand backup, click Backup.

    A new file is added under Backup History.

  5. Required: For scheduled backups, click Change next to Scheduling.

    1. From the Backup Frequency drop-down menu, select Hourly, Daily, or Weekly. The Day of Week, Hour of Day, and Minute drop-down menus are disabled based on the selected frequency. For example, if you select Daily, the Day of Week drop-down menu is disabled as this field is not applicable to a daily frequency.
    2. For a weekly backup, select the day of the week the data should be backed up.
    3. For a weekly or daily backup, select the hour at which the backup should begin.
    4. Select the minute to begin and click Schedule.
  6. To exclude logs and flow data from being backed up, click Change next to Exclude.
    1. Select the items you want to exclude from the backup.
    2. Click OK.
  7. Save your FTP server IP/hostname, credentials, directory details, and pass phrase. This information is needed to restore the backup.