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Manually Backing Up a Network Element Configuration Database


Use this procedure to back up a network element configuration database.

The (S)FTP server must be set up and active prior to backing up an NE's database to it. See Adding an FTP or SFTP Server for information about setting up an (S)FTP server.

PSM supports network element database backup for the following:

  • BTI7800 Series network elements

  • BTI7000 Series network elements

  • BTI800 Series network elements (FTP only)

  • BTI700 Series network elements (FTP only)

  • MX Series and PTX Series routers (FTP only)

  • QFX Series switches (FTP only)


To protect network and server resources, limits are placed on the number of backups that can be run concurrently. See Managing Task Status for more details.

  1. Right-click a network element (or select multiple NEs), and choose Backup & Restore >NE DB Backup.

    The NE DB Backup dialog is displayed.

  2. Select whether you want to back up the database to Local or Remote storage.

    The Local option is only available for selection if the NE supports local storage.

  3. If you choose Remote storage, select an active FTP server from the pulldown menu.
  4. Click OK.

    The NE's database is backed up to local storage or to the configured SFTP/FTP server. Use the View >Server >Tasks command to monitor the progress of the database backup task. For some network elements, this might take 15 minutes or more to complete.


    PSM-generated NE database backup related alarms are not automatically cleared once the problem has been resolved. You must clear PSM-generated NE database backup alarms manually. To manually clear a PSM-generated alarm, right click the alarm and choose Clear NMS Generated Alarm. Once cleared, you cannot restore an alarm.