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The stored configuration comprises all of the configuration tasks that you have performed on the system and saved to the system configuration files.
The running configuration comprises the stored configuration and all of the changes that you have made to the system since the last save operation. The BIG-IP system operates based on the running configuration.
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If you are using the browser-based BIG-IP Configuration utility, the utility automatically saves the configuration data for you as you complete each configuration task; you do not need to perform any additional steps to save configuration data. For this reason, this chapter serves primarily as background information and is not required for you to configure the system successfully.
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If you are using this command line tool to configure the system, you must explicitly issue a save command to store the configuration data you have generated. Otherwise, the newly-generated configuration data is not actually stored on the system.