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Move the Management Server to a New Computer

To move your Management Server software to a new computer, you first back up the Management Server configuration on the current computer, then you restore the configuration on the new computer. Make sure you have the Administrator passphrase from the backup configuration. You must also make sure that the new Management Server has the same IP address as the former Management Server.

Back up, Move, and Restore Your Management Server

From the computer where the Management Server is installed:

  1. Right-click the WatchGuard Server Center icon and select Backup/Restore Management Server.
    The WatchGuard Server Center Backup/Restore Wizard starts.
  2. Use the wizard to back up your Management Server configuration.
    For more information, see Back Up or Restore the Management Server Configuration.

Make sure you save the configuration file to a location you can access from the new computer.

  1. On the new computer, run the WatchGuard System Manager installer.
  2. Under the Server Components section, make sure you select Management Server.
  3. Right-click the WatchGuard Server Center icon on the new computer and select Backup/Restore Management Server.
    The WatchGuard Server Center Backup/Restore Wizard starts.
  4. Use the wizard to restore your Management Server configuration.
    For more information, see Back Up or Restore the Management Server Configuration.

Configure Other Installed WatchGuard Servers

When you restore a configuration to your new Management Server installation, you do not have to complete the WatchGuard Server Center Setup Wizard when you open WatchGuard Server Center and access your Management Server. However, if you have installed other WatchGuard servers on your new management computer, the configuration does not restore settings for these servers. You you must run the Server Center Setup Wizard to configure the other servers.

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary information to set up the WatchGuard servers you installed. For more details about the information necessary to complete the Server Center Setup Wizard, see Set Up WatchGuard Servers.

From WatchGuard Server Center:

  1. In the Servers tree, select any server with the status Server not configured.
  2. Click Launch Wizard.
    A dialog box appears that tells you the wizard will launch.
  3. Click OK.
    The WatchGuard Server Center Setup Wizard appears.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Complete the wizard.
  6. Click Refresh on the server page of the selected server.
    The server information appears and the server is started.
  7. In the Servers list, select another installed server.

Launch Wizard appears on the server page. Do not click this button. The server is already set up.

  1. Click Refresh.
    The server information appears and the server is started.
  2. Repeat Steps 7–8 for each WatchGuard server you installed.

See Also

Set Up WatchGuard Servers

Back Up or Restore the Management Server Configuration

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