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Exporting or Backing Up a JIMS Server Configuration

Juniper Identity Management Service supports exporting an existing JIMS server configuration as a file that can be imported into another JIMS server. You can save the configuration to a file in a configurable default path. As an alternative to exporting the JIMS server configuration to another JIMS server, you can backup the configuration file and save it locally on the same JIMS server.

You must not save the password associated with a JIMS server configuration unless you are planning on importing the configuration file to the same JIMS server. Password encryption is specific to each JIMS server, and is saved if you backup the configuration file to the same JIMS server. If you attempt to import the configuration with passwords from a different server, you must reenter the each password.

To export a JIMS server configuration to a file:

  1. In the navigation pane, select File > Export. The Export Configuration to File dialog box appears. The File text field lists the path to the last folder location previously specified. The configuration file includes a default file name that reflects the content of the exported configuration. The default configuration file name also includes the current date and time.

    The default filename is based on the local date and time. The prefix is selected as either backup_ or export_ depending on whether the Include Passwords check box is checked or unchecked.

  2. Click the Advanced button to export the required partial configuration. The configuration chooser dialog box appears to choose the partial configuration from the subset.

    If you export a configuration and use the Advanced button, only the partial configuration that you choose is written to the saved XML configuration. If you subsequently import a partial configuration, only the partial configuration from the original subset is overwritten.

  3. To backup the configuration file to the same JIMS server, click the Include Passwords check box.

    Ensure that the Include Passwords check box is unchecked if you import the exported configuration on another JIMS server. Password encryption is specific to each JIMS server and decrypted correctly if you restore the configuration file to the same JIMS server on which the backup is made.

  4. Click Change to access the Save As dialog box to select a different configuration file location or to create a new folder. Navigate to a location where you want to save the JIMS server configuration file, or create a new folder. The File Name text field lists the path to the last folder location previously specified.

    You have the option to specify a default folder path as a configuration file Export/Import setting. See Configuring Administration Interface Options.

    Hold down the control key while clicking the Advanced button to export the configuration that contains only templates or base configuration. We do not recommend this option because a subsequent import replaces the configuration with only the templates.

    It is recommended that you export a full configuration first to be able to repair the error configuration.

  5. Click OK to export or backup the configuration file.