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. You can create backup
UCS archives for managed devices on demand, or at scheduled intervals.
Log in to BIG-IQ Device with your administrator user name and password.
At the top of the screen, click Configuration.
Hover over the Backups panel, click the + icon when it
appears, and then click Add Backup.
In the Description field, type a description to identify
this UCS backup file.
From the Device list, select the device or device group
for which you want to create the UCS file backup.
If you want to include the SSL private keys in the backup file, select the
Include Private Keys check box.
To encrypt the backup file, select the Encrypt Backup
Files check box, and type the password in the
Passphrase and Verify
To retain scheduled backups, for the Archiving setting,
select the preferred method.
If you select Local, specify a valid BIG-IQ
Device directory on which to save the file.
If you select SCP or
SFTP, specify the server's user name, IP address,
valid directory to which to save the file, and the user's password.
To delete archived backups, in the Delete backups field,
specify the number of days to keep the backup before deleting it.
To archive scheduled backups indefinitely, select the Never
Delete check box.
To immediately create a backup the UCS file for the selected device, for the
Schedule Backup setting, select Backup
To schedule a backup of the UCS file at regular intervals, select
Daily, Weekly, or
Monthly for the Schedule
If you selected Weekly, select the check box
next to the day of the week you want BIG-IQ Device to create the
If you selected Monthly, specify the day of the
month you want BIG-IQ Device to create the backup.
For scheduled backups, place the cursor in the Start
Date field, click the left mouse button, and click a day on the
calendar on which you want to start this schedule.
Alternatively, you can click the Today button located
at the bottom of the calendar.
In the associated field, type the time you want BIG-IQ Device to start this
To specify an end date for the scheduled backup, click the cursor in the
End Date field, and then click a date on the
To run scheduled backups indefinitely, select the No End
Date check box.
Click the Create button
To view the status of a scheduled backup or change its description, click the
This UCS backup file is now available for restoration.