This article explains the various options and configurations in the Backup/Restore tab in UTM 9 WebAdmin.
Sophos UTM 9 can create configuration backups. These backups provide an easy way of restoring the UTM to the exact configuration of when the backup was created.
The following sections are covered:
Location of the Backup/Restore tab in WebAdmin
All configurations are done in Management > Backup/Restore > Backup/Restore tab.
Create a backup
- Click Create backup now.
You can also:
- Type a comment for the backup, which can help you identify backups.
- Remove unique site data, such as your UTM license number, passwords, certificates/keys, and endpoints.
- Remove the administrative mail addresses.
- You have now created a backup. It is automatically added to the Available backups list.
Restore a backup
- Click the Restore icon of the backup you wish to restore.
- A browser confirmation pop-up appears. Click OK to restore the UTM to the selected backup.
Note: WebAdmin will log you out to complete the restore process.
- You have now restored the UTM to the exact configuration of when the backup was created.
Delete a backup
- Click the Delete icon of the backup you wish to delete.
You can also:
- Delete multiple backups by selecting the check boxes of the backups and then clicking Delete selected snapshots.
- Delete all backups by selecting the check box next to Delete selected snapshots and then clicking Delete selected snapshots.
- A browser confirmation pop-up appears.
- The backups are now deleted and removed from the list.
Download a backup
- Click the Download icon of the backup you want to download.
- The Download options window appears. You can download the backup unencrypted (.abf extension) or encrypted (.ebf extension).
Encrypt the backup file by selecting Encrypt before downloading, typing a password and then repeating it in the appropriate section.
Click Download backup.
- The download will start in your browser.
Note: The download can sometimes be blocked by browser settings. Refer to the documentation of your browser for instructions.
Send a backup through email
- Click the Send icon.
- The Send Now options window appears.
In this window, You can:
- Add a new email address by clicking the Add new icon, typing the email address and then clicking Apply.
- Delete an email address by clicking the icon next to the email address.
- Delete all emails by clicking the Empty icon and then clicking OK.
- Encrypt the backup file by selecting Encrypt before downloading, typing a password and then repeating it in the appropriate section.
Click Send Now to send the email to the listed email addresses.
Note: The administrator’s email address is the default receiver.
- You have now sent the backup to the listed email addresses.
Import a backup
- Click the Browse icon.
- The Upload file window appears.
Click Choose File, select the backup file and then click Start Upload.
- Click Import backup. If the file is encrypted, type the password in the Password section and then click Import backup.
- You have now imported a backup file. It will be added to the list according to the Date/Time of creation.
Restore the physical device from a USB flash drive
This can be done using an unencrypted backup (.abf extension) in a FAT formatted USB flash drive.
- Copy the backup file to the USB flash drive.
- Turn off the UTM.
- Plug the USB flash drive into the UTM.
- The device will boot from the USB flash drive and restore to the unencrypted backup.
Note: If several backup files are stored on the flash drive, the file that comes first lexicographically (numbers before letters) will be used. For example, firewall_backup_2016-01-17.abf and 2015-11-20_firewall_backup.abf are both stored on the USB flash drive. When the device turns on, the second file will be used because it begins with a number.
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