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.
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.
For an XTM device with an LCD display, use the arrow buttons near the LCD for this procedure.
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.
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.
Use a USB Drive for System Backup and Restore