Restoring NSX Manager causes a backup file to be loaded on an NSX Manager appliance. The backup file must be saved to a remote FTP or SFTP location that NSX Manager can access. NSX Manager data includes configuration, events, and audit log tables.


Back up your current data before restoring a backup file.


Before restoring NSX Manager data, we recommend reinstalling the NSX Manager appliance. Running the restore operation on an existing NSX Manager appliance might work, too, but is not officially supported. The assumption is that the existing NSX Manager has failed, and therefore a new NSX Manager appliance is deployed.

The best practice is to take screen shots of the current settings for the old NSX Manager appliance or note them so that they can be used to specify IP information and backup location information for the newly deployed NSX Manager appliance.


  1. Take screen shots or note all settings on the existing NSX Manager appliance.
  2. Deploy a new NSX Manager appliance.

    The version must be the same as the backed up NSX Manager appliance.

  3. Log in to the new NSX Manager appliance.
  4. Under Appliance Management, click Backups & Restore.
  5. In FTP Server Settings, click Change and add the settings.

    The Host IP Address, User Name, Password, Backup Directory, Filename Prefix, and Pass Phrase fields in the Backup Location screen must identify the location of the backup to be restored.

  6. In the Backups History section, select the check box for the backup to restore and click Restore.