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Manual Chapter: Backing up and Restoring UCS Files
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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

The tasks detailed in this chapter describe operations you may want to perform. Except where noted they are not presented as a required sequence.

Creating a backup UCS file

It is best practice to create a backup of the UCS file for each device in your network, including the BIG-IQ system itself) on a regular basis and before performing a software upgrade. The UCS file backup provides your network with added stability in the event that a system needs to be restored.
  1. Log in to BIG-IQ Device with your administrator user name and password.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Provisioning.
  3. Hover over the Backups header, and click the + icon when it appears.
  4. In the Name and Description fields, type a file name and description to identify this UCS backup file. The file name you define in the Name field must include the extension .ucs.
  5. From the Device list, select the device for which you want to create the UCS file backup.
  6. If you want to include the SSL private keys in the backup file, select the Include Private Keys check box.
  7. To encrypt the backup file, select the Encrypt Backup Files check box.
  8. Click the Create button
  9. To view the status of the backup or change its description, click the gear icon.
This UCS backup file is now available for restoration.

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. Log in to BIG-IQ Device with your administrator user name and password.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Provisioning.
  3. In the Backups panel, click the gear icon next to the backup that you want to restore.
  4. To change the target device, click the Change Device button and select a device from the Device list.
  5. Click the Restore button.
The BIG-IQ system restores the saved UCS backup file to the associated device.
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