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By using the Setup utility and the Configuration utility to configure the WANJet appliance, you create a set of configuration data. This data consists of system and network definitions such as IP addresses, interface properties, system accounts, and more. Using the Archives feature, you can back up the current configuration data, and if necessary, restore the data at a later time. We recommend that you use this feature to mitigate the potential loss of WANJet appliance configuration data.
Before you upgrade the WANJet appliance with a newer version, you should always create an archive, which is a backup copy of the configuration data. This archive is in the form of a user configuration set, or UCS. Then, if you need to recover that data later, you can restore the data from the archive that you created.
When you back up the configuration data, the WANJet appliance creates a new file with a .ucs extension. Each UCS file contains various configuration files needed for the WANJet appliance to operate correctly, as well as the configuration data.
Important: To create, delete, upload, or download an archive, you must have the Administrator role assigned to your user account.
Using the Configuration utility, you can save and restore archives that are stored on the WANJet appliance. Furthermore, for added security, you can save archives to and restore archives from a remote system.
By default, the system stores all archives in the directory /var/local/ucs. You can specify a different location, but in this case, the Configuration utility does not display the UCS files when you view the list of archives.
After you create an archive on the WANJet appliance, you can copy the UCS file onto a remote system for safekeeping. For more information on saving archives, see Creating and saving an archive on the WANJet appliance.
Important: UCS files include the host name of the WANJet appliance as part of the data stored in that file. When you later specify this UCS file during the process of restoring configuration data to a WANJet appliance, the host name stored in this UCS file must match the host name of the system on which you are restoring the configuration data. Otherwise, the system restores only part of the data.
Important: If your configuration data includes SSL keys and certificates, be sure to store the archive file in a secure location.
You can restore archives from the default /var/local/ucs directory (or the directory where you stored the archive). If the archive is on a remote system, you may first need to upload the archive onto the WANJet appliance. For more information on restoring archives, see Restoring data from a WANJet appliance archive.
You can create, store, and access archives, on both the WANJet appliance and a remote system. You can also view any existing archive files and their properties, as well as delete archives that you no longer need. Specifically, you can use the Configuration utility to:
Note: Only users with the Administrator user role can manage archives.
You can view a list of archives (that is, UCS files) that are currently stored in the /var/local/ucs directory on the WANJet appliance. When you view a list of archives, the Configuration utility displays the following information:
Name of the UCS file
Date that the UCS file was created or uploaded
Note: When you last upgraded the WANJet appliance to a new version, you were required to create a UCS file named config.ucs, using the bigpipe config save command. This UCS file appears in the list of UCS files on the Archives screen.
In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Archives. The Archives screen opens, displaying a list of existing UCS files.
You can create a new archive, which the WANJet appliance automatically stores in a default location, the /var/local/ucs directory. You can create as many separate archives as you want, as long as each archive has a unique file name. Also, you can specify that the WANJet appliance store an archive in a directory other than /var/local/ucs, although in this case, the Configuration utility does not include the archive name in the list of archives on the Archives screen.
When you create an archive, you configure some settings, such as a setting to encrypt the archive file for security reasons. Table 11.1 lists and describes these settings, and shows their default values.
Specifies the file name for the archive. You do not need to specify the UCS file name extension. The WANJet appliance appends the UCS extension automatically.
Enables or disables encryption of the archive. If you select Enabled, two other settings, Passphrase and Verify Passphrase, appear on the screen.

Note: This setting appears only when you have used the Preferences screen to set the Archive Encryption setting to On Request or On.
Displays the version of the WANJet appliance software that is currently running. You cannot configure the Version setting.
1.
In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Archives.
The Archives screen opens.
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In the upper-right corner of the screen, click Create.
The New Archive screen opens.
Note: If the Create button is unavailable, you do not have permission to create an archive. You must have the Administrator role assigned to your user account.
3.
In the File Name box, type a unique file name for the archive.
We recommend that the file name match the name of the WANJet appliance. For example, if the name of the WANJet appliance is wanjet2, then the name of the archive file should be wanjet2.ucs. For more information, see Working with archives.
4.
If you want to encrypt the archive, from the Encryption list, select Enabled.
5.
If you want the WANJet appliance to include any private keys, from the Private Keys list, select Include.
In this case, be sure to store the archive file in a secure environment.
6.
Click Finished.
Using the Configuration utility, you can view the properties of an archive that you previously created. Note that you cannot modify the properties of an archive. If you want to modify an archive, you must delete the archive you want to change and then create a new one.
1.
In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Archives.
The Archives screen opens.
2.
In the Name column, click the name of the archive that you want to view.
This displays the properties of that archive.
If the WANJet appliance configuration data becomes corrupted, you can restore the data from a previously created archive. By default, archives are stored in the /var/local/ucs directory.
Important: UCS files include the host name of the WANJet appliance as part of the data stored in that file. When you later specify this UCS file during the process of restoring configuration data to a WANJet appliance, the host name stored in this UCS file must match the host name of the system on which you are restoring the configuration data. For example, if the UCS file was created on WANJet2, the hostname of the system on which you restore the file has to be WANJet2 (otherwise only partial data is restored). If necessary, you can change the host name of the WANJet appliance to match the name in the archive.
1.
In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Archives.
The Archives screen opens.
2.
In the File Name column, click the name of the archive that you want to use to restore the configuration data.
This displays the properties of that archive.
3.
Click Restore.
This restores the WANJet appliance configuration data.
As described in the section Introducing archives, you can download a copy of an existing archive to a remote system, that is, the system from which you ran the Configuration utility to create the archive. This feature protects the configuration data in the unlikely event that the WANJet appliance experiences a system catastrophe.
When you download an existing archive, you first display the properties of the archive you want to download, and then specify the complete path name of the location to which you want to save the archive copy.
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In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Archives.
The Archives screen opens.
2.
In the File Name column, click the name of the archive that you want to view.
This displays the properties of that archive.
3.
For the Archive File setting, click the Download: <.ucs filename> button.
A confirmation screen appears.
4.
Click Save.
The WANJet appliance downloads a copy of the UCS file to the system from which you initiated the download.
If you previously downloaded a copy of an archive to a remote system (that is, the system from which you initiated the download), you can upload that archive to the WANJet appliance at any time. This is most useful when a WANJet appliance event has occurred that has caused the archive stored on the WANJet appliance to either become unavailable or corrupted for some reason.
Note that when you upload a copy of an archive, you must specify the exact path name for the directory in which the downloaded archive copy is stored.
1.
In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Archives.
The Archives screen opens.
2.
In the upper-right corner of the screen, click Upload.
This opens the Upload screen.
3.
In the File Name box, type the complete path and file name of the archive that you want to upload onto the WANJet appliance.
If you do not recall the path or file name, you can use the Browse button to locate and select the file name.
4.
For the Options setting, check the Overwrite existing archive file box if you want the WANJet appliance to overwrite any existing archive file.
Note: The WANJet appliance overwrites an existing archive with the uploaded file only when the name of the archive you are uploading matches the name of an archive on the WANJet appliance.
5.
Click Upload.
This uploads the specified archive to the directory /var/local/ucs on the WANJet appliance.
You can use the Configuration utility to delete any archive on the WANJet appliance that is stored in the directory /var/local/ucs.
1.
In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Archives.
The Archives screen opens.
4.
Click Delete.
A confirmation box appears.
5.
Click Delete again.
This deletes the archive from the /var/local/ucs directory on the WANJet appliance.
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