Backups are saved to a remote SFTP location that NSX Manager can access. The backup location must be configured before a backup can occur.


  1. Log in to the NSX Manager Virtual Appliance.
  2. Click System > Utilities > Backup.
  3. To provide access credentials to the backup location, click Edit in the upper right of the page.
  4. Click the Automatic Backup toggle to enable automatic backups.
  5. Enter the IP address or host name of the SFTP server.
  6. Edit the default port if required.
  7. Enter the username and password required to log in to the SFTP server.
  8. In the Destination Directory field, enter the absolute directory path where the backups will be stored.
  9. Enter the passphrase used to encrypt the backup data.

    You will need this passphrase to restore a backup. If you forget the backup passphrase, you cannot restore any backups.

  10. Enter the SSH fingerprint of the server that stores the backups. See Find the SSH Fingerprint of a Remote Server.
  11. Click Save.
  12. Click Backup Now on the bottom of the page to confirm that files can be written to the SFTP server.

What to do next

Schedule automated backups.