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Manual Chapter: UCS File Backup and Restoration
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About UCS files

The configuration details of managed devices (including BIG-IQ Device itself) are contained in a compressed user configuration set (UCS) file. The UCS file contains all of the information required to restore a device's configuration, such as:

  • System-specific configuration files
  • License
  • User account and password information
  • SSL certificates and keys

Backing up a UCS file

You must discover a device before you can create a backup for it.
It is best practice to create a backup of the UCS file for each device in your network, on a regular basis, so that you always have a copy of a configuration. The UCS file backup provides your network with added stability in the event that a system needs to be restored.
  1. At the top of the BIG-IQ Device screen, click Maintenance.
  2. Hover on the Backups header, and click the + icon when it appears. The panel expands to display the Backup Properties.
  3. In the Name and Description fields, type a name and description to identify this UCS file backup.
  4. From the Device list, select the device for which you want to create the UCS file backup.
  5. Click the Save button
  6. To view the status of the backup or change its description, click the gear icon.
This backup is now available to restore on the specified device.

Restoring a UCS file backup

You must create a backup of a device's UCS file before you can restore it.
In the event of a system failure or a requirement to roll back to a previous configuration, you can easily restore a backed up UCS file without having to recreate all of a device’s content.
  1. At the top of the BIG-IQ Device screen, click Maintenance.
  2. Click the gear icon next to the backup that you want to restore.
  3. Click the Restore button.
BIG-IQ Device restores the saved UCS file backup onto the associated device.
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