Creating a configuration backup and restoring a backup in Astaro Security Gateway/Sophos UTM

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Overview

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

  1. 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.

 

  1. You have now created a backup. It is automatically added to the Available backups list.

 

Restore a backup

  1. Click the Restore  icon of the backup you wish to restore.

  1. 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.

 

  1. You have now restored the UTM to the exact configuration of when the backup was created.

 

Delete a backup

  1. 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.

  1. A browser confirmation pop-up appears.
    Click OK.
  1. The backups are now deleted and removed from the list.

 

Download a backup

  1. Click the Download  icon of the backup you want to download.

 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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

  1. Click the Send  icon.

  1. 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.

  1. You have now sent the backup to the listed email addresses.

 

Import a backup

  1. Click the Browse  icon.

 

  1. The Upload file window appears.
    Click Choose File, select the backup file and then click Start Upload.

 

  1. Click Import backup. If the file is encrypted, type the password in the Password section and then click Import backup.

 

 

  1. 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.

  1. Copy the backup file to the USB flash drive.
  1. Turn off the UTM.
  1. Plug the USB flash drive into the UTM.
  1. 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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