Nodes and Cluster Backup

This section describes how to backup HC 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 immediate backup or scheduled backups to occur at a specified time. For example, you can schedule a backup for a particular day, week, month, or date.


■   Clusters can be backed up only if the Leader in the cluster is licensed.
■   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.