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Automatically Restore a Backup Image from a USB Drive

If a USB drive (storage device) is connected to a WatchGuard Firebox in recovery mode, the Firebox can automatically restore a previously backed up image from the USB drive. To use the auto-restore feature, you must first select a backup image on the USB drive as the image to use for the restore process. You must use Fireware Web UI, Firebox System Manager, or Fireware command line interface to select this backup image. This feature is not supported on FireboxV and XTMv devices.

Do not use a backup image created from a different Firebox for auto-restore. The backup image is unique to a single Firebox, and includes the serial number, certificates, and private keys unique to that Firebox.

Select the Backup Image to Auto-Restore

If you had a previous auto-restore image saved, the auto-restore.fxi file is replaced with a copy of the backup image you selected.

If your Firebox has run a version of Fireware OS lower than v11.3, you must update the recovery mode software image on the device to v11.3 for the auto-restore feature to operate. For upgrade instructions, see the Fireware XTM 11.3 Release Notes.

Auto-Restore the Backup Image

To auto-restore the selected backup image, follow the subsequent steps to start your Firebox in recovery mode. When you start the Firebox in recovery mode, it verifies that the USB drive includes a valid auto-restore image for this Firebox. If the USB drive contains a valid auto-restore image for this Firebox, the Firebox automatically restores the image and reboots.

If the USB drive does not contain a valid auto-restore image, the auto-restore fails and the Firebox does not reboot. If the auto-restore process is not successful, you must power off and then power on the Firebox to start it with factory-default settings. For information about factory-default settings, see About Factory-Default Settings.

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Use a USB Drive for System Backup and Restore

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