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    Setup for Configuration Backup & Restore

    After successfully scheduling a live network collection to collect at minimum the Equipment CLI information, check that the task completes successfully. The Equipment CLI information is needed in order to populate the information about the OS versions on each router, based on which the commands for configuration restoration may vary.

    Next, select Configuration > Config/OS Manager... from either offline, live network, or provisioning mode. Under the Config Management folder, select Backup & Restore. The Config/OS Management window should be populated with the routers that were collected during the live network collection.

    Figure 1: Config Backup and Restore

    Config Backup and Restore

    Note that the default transfer method is populated based on the hardware type. For example, the default for Juniper is secure copy (scp), the default for Cisco is ftp, and the default for Riverstone is tftp. Please verify that the IP/MPLSView server can support the given method. If ftp has been disabled, you may be able to enable it using the command “/usr/sbin/svcadm enable ftp”. The tftp server needs to be installed on the server before using tftp in the configuration management module (see the prerequisites section for more information.)

    Global Settings

    Click “Options...” if it is necessary to modify any of the Config/OS Management settings such as the timeout, number of concurrent jobs, Username, and Password.

    • The Server IP should only be changed if there are more than one IP addresses on the IP/MPLSView server and the routers cannot access the default IP address.
    • The Server Archive Directory is the location where the configuration files will be archived to. Make sure that the user that installed IP/MPLSView as well as the current user have write permission to this directory.
    • The Server Username and Server Password fields indicate the login information that the routers will use to access the IP/MPLSView server. Note that in the case of Cisco ftp, this information may not be securely transmitted on the network, and may be visible on the router configuration file during the transfer. You may want to set up a separate user account for configuration management instead of the main IP/MPLSView user account for security reasons. However, check that the main IP/MPLSView user will still be able to access files created by this user.
    • If any routers require collection using tftp, enter in the Server TFTP Directory. This is the directory specified in the tftp initialization file used to start up the tftp server, where the files will be transferred to before saving them to the Server Archive Directory.

      Figure 2: Config/OS Management Options

      Config/OS Management Options

    Per-Router Settings

    To modify the settings for an individual router, double-click on the router. To modify the settings for selected routers, use <Ctrl>-click or <Shift>-click to select multiple routers and then click Modify. In this window, you can modify the Transfer Method and the Backup Template.

    • Transfer Method: cli, ftp, scp, or tftp. Note that different hardware types support different transfer methods, so not all of the options may be available for certain hardware types.
    • Backup Template, Restore Template: The templates with the commands used for backup and restore can be modified as necessary from Admin > Template Design under Config Management Templates (or under /u/wandl/data/templates/configmgmt). After creating a new template underneath the appropriate category, select Action > Refresh from the Templates Design window to update the index file so that it can be properly picked up, or update the index file manually in /u/wandl/data/tempaltes/configmgmt/.templates.idx. Then reopen the modify window.

      Figure 3: Per-Router Settings

      Per-Router Settings
    • Select “Selected for Scheduled Backup” to mark a router that should be backed up when clicking the “Schedule Backup” button.
    • Select Date to Restore, Directory to Restore, or File to Restore to restore the configuration file to the contents on a particular date, the contents in a particular directory (following the same file naming conventions as the Config Management System), or to a particular configuration file.

    Modified: 2016-11-08