Automatically Restore a Backup Image from a USB Drive

If a USB drive (storage device) is connected to a WatchGuard Firebox or XTM device in recovery mode, the device 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 one you want to use for the restore process. You must use Fireware XTM Web UI, Firebox System Manager, or Fireware XTM command line interface to select this backup image. This feature is not supported on XTMv devices.

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

Select the Backup Image to Auto-Restore

  1. Select System > USB Drive.
    The Backup/Restore to USB Drive page appears. The saved backup image files appear in a list at the top of the page.

Screen shot of the Backup/Restore to USB Drive page

  1. From the Available backup images list, select a backup image file.
  2. Click Use Selected Image for Auto-Restore.
  3. Type the Encryption key used to create the backup image. Click OK.
    The XTM device saves a copy of the selected backup image on the USB drive.

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 XTM device has used a version of the Fireware XTM 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. See the Fireware XTM 11.3 Release Notes for upgrade instructions.

Auto-Restore the Backup Image for an XTM Device with an LCD Display

For an XTM device with an LCD display, use the arrow buttons near the LCD for this procedure.

  1. Connect the USB drive with the auto-restore image to a USB interface on the XTM device.
  2. Power off the XTM device.
  3. Press and hold the up arrow on the device front panel while you power on the device.
  4. Continue to hold down the up arrow button until Recovery Mode starting appears on the LCD display.
    The device restores the backup image from the USB drive, and automatically uses the restored image after it reboots.

If the USB drive does not contain a valid auto-restore image for this XTM device model family, the device does not reboot and is instead started in recovery mode. If you restart the device again, it uses your current configuration. When the device is in recovery mode, you can use the WSM Quick Setup Wizard to create a new basic configuration.

Auto-Restore the Backup Image for a Firebox T10, XTM 33 or XTM 2 Series Device

  1. Attach the USB drive with the auto-restore image to a USB interface on the XTM 2 Series device.
  2. Disconnect the power supply.
  3. Press and hold the Reset button on the back of the device.
  4. Continue to hold down the Reset button and connect the power supply.
  5. After 10 seconds, release the Reset button.
    The device restores the backup image from the USB drive and automatically uses the restored image after it reboots.

If the USB drive does not contain a valid auto-restore image, the auto-restore fails and the device does not reboot. If the auto-restore process is not successful, you must disconnect and reconnect the power supply to start the device with factory-default settings.

For information about factory default settings, see About Factory-Default Settings.

See Also

Use a USB Drive for System Backup and Restore

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