Use a USB Drive for System Backup and Restore

A WatchGuard XTM device backup image is a copy of the flash disk image from the XTM device that is encrypted and saved. The backup image file includes the XTM device OS, configuration file, feature key, and certificates.

For XTM devices, you can attach a USB drive or storage device to the USB port on the XTM device for system backup and restore procedures. When you save a system backup image to a connected USB drive, you can restore your XTM device to a known state more quickly.

About the USB Drive

The USB drive must be formatted with the FAT or FAT32 file system. If the USB drive has more than one partition, Fireware XTM only uses the first partition. Each system backup image can be 70 MB or larger. We recommend you use a USB drive large enough to store several backup images.

Save a Backup Image to a Connected USB Drive

For this procedure, a USB drive must be connected to your XTM device.

  1. Select System > USB Drive.
    The Backup/Restore to USB drive page appears.

Screenshot of the Backup/Restore to USB drive page.

  1. In the New backup file section, type a Filename for the backup image.
  2. Type and confirm an Encryption Key. This key is used to encrypt the backup file. If you lose or forget this encryption key, you cannot restore the backup file.
  3. Click Save to USB Drive.
    The saved image appears on the list of Available device backup images after the save is complete.

Restore a Backup Image from a Connected USB Drive

For this procedure, a USB drive must be connected to your XTM device.

  1. Select System > USB Drive.

    The Backup/Restore to USB Drive page appears.

Screenshot of the Backup/Restore to USB drive page.

  1. From the Available backup images list, select a backup image file to restore.
  2. Click Restore Selected Image.
  3. Type the Encryption key you used when you created the backup image.
  4. Click OK.
    The XTM device restores the backup image. It restarts and uses the backup image.

See Also

Reset a Device

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