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.

Important: 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 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 note of the current settings for the old NSX Manager appliance so that they can be used to specify IP information and backup location information for the newly deployed NSX Manager appliance.


  1. Take note of all settings on the existing NSX Manager appliance. Also, note down FTP server settings.
  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 FTP server 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.
    The Backup History section displays the backup folder.
    Note: If the backup folder does not appear in the Backup History section, verify the FTP server settings. Check if you can connect to FTP server and view the backup folder.
  6. In the Backup History section, select the required backup folder to restore, and click Restore.
    Restoring the NSX Manager data begins.


NSX configuration is restored to the NSX Manager.

Caution: After restoring an NSX Manager backup, you might need to take additional action to ensure correct operation of NSX Edge appliances and logical switches. See Restore NSX Edges and Resolve Out of Sync Errors on Logical Switches.