Back Up or Restore the Management Server Configuration

The Management Server contains the configuration information for all managed Fireboxes and VPN tunnels. It is a good idea to create regular and frequent backup files for the Management Server and keep them in a safe place. You can use these backup files to restore the Management Server in case of hardware failure. You can also use backup files if you want to move the Management Server to a new computer.

When you create a backup configuration file, the current Administrator passphrase is stored in the file. You must use this passphrase to restore the configuration file. If you change your Administrator passphrase, make sure you remember the passphrase for your backup file. When you restore a backup configuration file with an old Administrator passphrase, that passphrase is restored with the server configuration.

Back up Your Configuration

From the computer where you installed the Management Server:

  1. Right-click the WatchGuard Server Center icon and select Backup/Restore Management Server.
    The Management Server Backup/Restore Wizard starts.
  2. Click Next.
    The Select an action screen appears.
  3. Select Back up settings.
  4. Click Next.
    The Specify a backup file screen appears.
  5. Click Browse and select a location for the backup file.
    Make sure you save the configuration file to a location you can access later to restore the configuration.
  6. Click Next.
    The Management Server Backup/Restore Wizard is complete screen appears.
  7. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

Restore Your Configuration

Before you begin, make sure you have the correct Administrator passphrase for your backup file.

From the computer where you installed the Management Server:

  1. Right-click the WatchGuard Server Center icon and select Backup/Restore Management Server.
    The Management Server Backup/Restore Wizard starts.
  2. Click Next.
    The Select an action screen appears.
  3. Select Restore settings.
  4. Click Next.
    The Specify a backup file screen appears.
  5. Click Browse and select the backup file.
  6. In the Administrator passphrase text box, type the administrator passphrase that was used to create the backup file.
  7. Click Next.
    The Management Server Backup/Restore Wizard is complete screen appears.
  8. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

See Also

Move the Management Server to a New Computer

Set Up WatchGuard Servers

Change the Administrator Passphrase

Downgrade to an Earlier Version of WSM

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