NSX Manager backup and restore can be configured from the NSX Manager virtual appliance web interface or through the NSX Manager API. Backups can be scheduled on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.

The backup file is saved to a remote FTP or SFTP location that NSX Manager can access. NSX Manager data includes configuration, events, and audit log tables. Configuration tables are included in every backup.

Restore is only supported on the same NSX Manager version as the backup version. For this reason, it is important to create a new backup file before and after performing an NSX upgrade, one backup for the old version and another backup for the new version.