If your current NSX Intelligence configuration becomes inoperable or if you want to restore it to a previous state, you can restore your configuration from a backup. The backup and restore workflow is only supported using the NSX Intelligence CLI.

When you take a backup, NSX Intelligence only backs up the configuration files used by all the services that comprise the NSX Intelligence appliance. There is no visualization data included in the backup.

If data loss or corruption occurs in NSX Intelligence, all the existing data for the correlated flows and recommendations are also lost. Reinstalling NSX Intelligence restarts the collection of network traffic data and the visualization of those collected data is available from that point onwards.

After you finish the backup configuration, you can manually run the backup command on the NSX Intelligence appliance at any time. The backup is encrypted, compressed, and stored at the remote server defined during the backup configuration. When you create a backup, the date and time the backup is taken are appended to the backup filename so that each backup file is unique. For example, config-backup-2019-06-21T21_06_07UTC.tar.gz.

When you restore an NSX Intelligence backup, the configuration state when the backup was captured is restored. You must restore the backup to an NSX Intelligence appliance that is running the same version of the NSX Intelligence appliance from which the backup file was created. You can restore to an existing NSX Intelligence appliance or restore to a freshly installed NSX Intelligence appliance, but they must be the same version as the NSX Intelligence appliance you backed up.