You can configure and start backups for Global Manager and each Local Manager from within the Global Manager.

Important:

Starting in NSX-T Data Center 3.0.1, restoring Global Manager to an FQDN is supported.

If you are using NSX-T Data Center 3.0.0, do not use FQDN for the Global Manager. Only IP address backups are supported for the Global Manager appliance in NSX-T Data Center 3.0.0.
  • Log in to the active Global Manager and select System > Backup & Restore. Each Global Manager and Local Manager in the environment is listed. See Configure Backups for instructions.

  • You cannot restore Local Manager from within the Global Manager. To restore a Local Manager backup, log in to the Local Manager to restore. See Restore a Backup for instructions.

  • The system treats backup and restore operations as specific to each appliance, whether it is the Global Manager or the Local Manager you are backing up or restoring. The Global Manager's backup contains a backup of the database of that appliance only. The Local Manager contains a backup of the database and inventory of that appliance only.

  • If you are restoring a Global Manager and a Local Manager, select backup timestamps of each appliance as close to each other as possible.

  • After each appliance is restored, the async replicator service restores communication between the Global Manager and each Local Manager.

Backup Scenarios in NSX Federation

Scenario Backup Workflow
Global Manager has any of the following changes:
  • networking configuration
  • security configuration
Back up only the Global Manager.
A Local Manager has any of the following changes:
  • networking configuration
  • security configuration
  • fabric changes, such as:
    • host transport node added or removed (ESXi or KVM).
    • edge transport nodes added or removed (VM or bare metal).

If you have any local configurations, back up the Local Manager.

Restore Scenarios in NSX Federation

Scenario Restore Workflow
Global Manager is lost. Restore the Global Manager. When restored, the Global Manager pushes configurations to the Local Managers registered with it.
A Local Manager is lost.

Restore the Local Manager. When restored, configurations from the Global Manager

are synchronized with the Local Manager.
Both the Global Manager and the Local Manager are lost. If you are restoring both the Global Manager and the Local Manager, use the latest backups of each appliance. When the Global Manager and the Local Manager are restored, the Global Manager pushes the configurations to the Local Manager.

You must manually resolve any discrepancies in inventory and fabric related changes between the Local Manager and the Global Manager.