VCAP6-NV Deploy – Objective 5.1 – Backup and Restore Network Configurations

Skills and Abilities

Objective 5.1 – Backup and Restore Network Configurations

  • Schedule/Backup/Restore NSX Manager data
  • Export/Restore vSphere Distributed Switch configuration
  • Export/Import Service Composer profiles
  • Save/Export/Import/Load Distributed Firewall configurations

Objective Prerequisites

The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

  • A working VMware vSphere 6.x environment.
  • A working VMware NSX 6.x environment.

Objective Breakdown

Schedule/Backup NSX Manager data

Using a browser, navigate to the VMware NSX Manager Virtual Appliance (https://nsx-manager.fqdn).

Enter admin as the User name and the Password (set during the installation above) then click Login.

Click Backup & Restore.

At FTP Server Settings, click Change.

Enter the IP/Host name, select the Transfer Protocol from the dropdown, (optional) amend the Port, enter the ftp User name, enter the ftp user Password, the Backup Directory, the Filename Prefix and, finally, the Pass Phrase.

Click OK.

At Scheduling, click Change.

Select the Backup Frequency, Day of Week, Hour of day and Minute from the dropdowns.

Click Schedule.

(Optional) At Exclude, click Change.

Check the checkbox of the items to exclude.

Click OK.

Click Backup.

Click Start.

Restore NSX Manager data

  1. Take screen shots or note all settings on the existing NSX Manager appliance.
  2. Deploy a new NSX Manager appliance.
  3. Log in to the new NSX Manager appliance.
  4. Under Appliance Management, click Backups & Restore.
  5. In FTP Server Settings, click Change and add the settings.
  6. The Host IP Address, User Name, Password, Backup Directory, Filename Prefix, and Pass Phrase fields in the Backup Location screen must identify the location of the backup to be restored.
  7. In the Backups History section, select the check box for the backup to restore and click Restore.

Note: The version must be the same as the backed up NSX Manager appliance.

Export vSphere Distributed Switch Configuration

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking.

Right-Click on the vDS that needs to be exported.

Select Settings > Export Configuration.

Select either the Distributed switch and all port groups option or the Distributed switch only option, (optional) enter a Description for the export and click OK.

Click Yes.

Restore vSphere Distributed Switch Configuration

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking.

Right-click on the Distributed Switch.

Select Settings > Restore Configuration.

Click Browse, locate the file and click Open.

Click Next.

Click Finish.

Export Service Composer profiles

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Service Composer.

Click the Security Policies tab.

Right-Click on the target Security Policy.

Select Export Configuration.

Enter a Name for the exported policy, (optional) enter a description, (optional) enter a prefix.

Click Next.

Ensure the policies to be exported are checked and click Next.

Click Finish and then select a location to save the .blueprint file.

Import Service Composer profiles

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Service Composer.

Click the Security Policies tab.

Click Import Configuration.

Click Browse. locate the appropriate *.bluepeint file and click Open.

Click Next.

Click Finish.

Save/Export/Import/Load Distributed Firewall configurations

To be completed.

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