You can back up the NSX Manager data by scheduling a regular backup.

About this task

You configure backup and restore operations from the NSX Manager virtual appliance UI. You can schedule backups on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. The backup data is saved out to a remote location that NSX Manager can access through FTP or SFTP. Backed up data includes System Configuration, Audit Logs, System Events, and Flow Records. Configuration tables are included in every backup. Backup for the NSX Manager certificate is not supported.

You can restore backed up data only on the same NSX Manager version as the version on which the backup was taken.

Prerequisites

  • Provide a space on an FTP server that is accessible from the NSX Manager for the management cluster and from the NSX Manager for the shared edge and compute cluster.

  • Contact your system administrator to obtain a user name and password for access to the FTP server.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the NSX Manager appliance user interface.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to the following URL. 

      NSX Manager

      URL

      NSX Manager for the management cluster

      https://sfo01m01nsx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

      NSX Manager for the shared edge and compute cluster

      https://sfo01w01nsx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      admin

      Password

      nsx_manager_admin_password

  2. On the main page of the appliance user interface, click Backup & Restore.
  3. On the Backups & Restore page, click Change next to FTP Server Settings to set a storage location for the backup job. 
  4. In the Backup Location dialog box, configure the following settings for the backup storage on the FTP server and click OK.

    Enter the settings from your system administrator. Write down the details about the FTP backup. You need them to restore the NSX Manager from the backup.

    Backup Location Setting

    Value

    IP/Host name

    FQDN of the FTP Server

    Transfer protocol

    Select the protocol from the drop down menu

    Port

    Server port for FTP or SFTP requests

    User name

    User name on the FTP server

    Password

    Password for the name you specified in User name

    Backup Directory

    Absolute path to the location on the FTP server where you want to store the backup

    Filename Prefix

    • sfo_NSX_Mgmt for the NSX Manager for the management cluster

    • sfo_NSX_Comp for the NSX Manager for the shared edge and compute cluster

    Pass Phrase

    nsx_backup_pass_phrase

  5. On the Backups & Restore page, click Change next to Scheduling.
  6. In the Create or Schedule Backup dialog box, configure the following schedule for the backup and click Schedule.

    Setting

    Value

    Backup Frequency

    Hourly

    Day of week

    -

    Hour of day

    -

    Minute

    0

Results

All NSX Edge configurations, such as distributed logical routers and services gateways, and controller nodes are backed up as part of NSX Manager data backup. If the configuration of the NSX Manager is intact, you can recreate an inaccessible or failed edge appliance VM by redeploying the NSX Edge. You simply click the Redeploy NSX Edge button on the edge in the vSphere Web Client.