Nodes and Cluster Backup

This section describes how to backup H Series, TA Series, and G-Series nodes. When a node is backed up, the backup file is saved in local storage on the machine where Fabric Manager is installed. The filename is the timestamp of the backup. Starting from 5.5, backups are in text based and binary formats. For security reasons, text configuration files do not include plain text passwords, such as SMTP passwords, AAA keys (RADIUS or TACACS+), or private keys in RSA/DSA identities. When a cluster is backed up, a backup file is created for the leader only.

You can schedule node or nodes and node clusters for immediately backup or schedule backups to occur at a specified time. For example, you can schedule a backup for a particular day, week, month, or date.


■   Prior to GigaVUE-FM 3.2, backup file for physical nodes were in a binary format. Starting with GigaVUE-FM 3.2 backup and restore files use a text based format and binary backup or restore on physical nodes is not supported. If you are upgrading from a version lower than 3.2, you can backup your configuration prior to upgrading to the current version of GigaVUE-FM if you desire, but the files will be in a binary format. Existing binary backups are not visible to the current version of GigaVUE-FM. For binary backups, you must back up the node using the CLI commands rather than GigaVUE-FM. For more information about the CLI commands, refer to the GigaVUE-OS CLI Reference Guide.
■   Clusters can be backed up only if the Leader in the cluster is licensed.
■   For clusters with software version 4.6 or lower and a nat-enabled setup, GigaVUE-FM does not support the backup/restore operation. For nat-enabled clusters with software version 4.7 or higher, GigaVUE-FM supports backup/restore.
■   For a cluster, the cluster name is the actual cluster’s name. For example, Gigamon-Cluster.
■   For a restore operation on a cluster, cluster name changes are not supported. The cluster name must be the same as when the backup was made.
■   For standalone devices the cluster name is the IP of the device.