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KB44759 - How to Backup & Restore the Binary configuration using Archiving Server

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Last Modified Date3/29/2021 6:40 PM
Synopsis
This article summarizes the steps to backup and restore the binary configuration using archiving server.
Problem or Goal
Need to backup & Restore the binary configuration using Archiving Server
Cause
Solution
We recommend the following steps to backup/restore the binary configuration (system and user configs) using Archiving Server.

We recommend that you schedule an archive operation during hours when traffic is light to minimize its impact on users. The automatic archiving process compresses files and, if the system is busy, can degrade performance for users. Also, a cluster node might appear unresponsive if the system is busy with traffic and performing archiving simultaneously.

Prerequisites

Select SCPFTPAWS S3 or Azure Storage.

SCP (default method): SCP is a file transfer utility similar to FTP. SCP encrypts all data during transfer. When the data reaches its destination, it is rendered in its original format. SCP is included in most SSH distributions and is available on all major operating system platforms.

AWS S3: Push backup configurations and archived logs to Amazon AWS S3 bucket. For more details, refer to Pulse Connect Secure Virtual Appliance on Amazon AWS Cloud Deployment Guide.

Azure Storage: Push backup configurations and archived logs to Microsoft Azure storage. For more details, refer to Pulse Connect Secure Virtual Appliance on Microsoft Azure Cloud Deployment Guide.

For example: 
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To configure log archiving:

  1. Select Maintenance > Archiving > Archiving Servers to display the configuration page
  2. Configure based on requirement and save the configuration
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Archive system configuration [Schedule archiving for the system configuration binary file (system.cfg).]

The archive file has the following format: PulseSecureConf-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[date]-[time]

Archive user accounts [Schedule archiving for user account configuration binary file (user.cfg).]

The archive file has the following format: PulseSecureUserAccounts-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[date]-[time]


Restore System configuration

  • In the admin console, select Maintenance > Import/Export > Configuration.
  • Specify whether you want to import the Secure Access Service certificate. Note: The certificate is not imported unless you check the Import Device Certificate(s)? checkbox.
  • Select Import everything except network settings and licenses — This option imports all configuration settings except the network, cluster and license settings.
  • Browse to the configuration file, which is named "PulseSecureConf-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[date]-[time]" 
  • Enter the password you specified for the file. If you did not specify a password before exporting the file, then leave this field blank.
  • Click Import Config.

Restore User configuration
  • In the admin console, select Maintenance > Import/Export > User Accounts.
  • Browse to the configuration file, which is named  PulseSecureUserAccounts-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[date]-[time]
  • Enter the password you specified for the file. If you did not specify a password before exporting the file, then leave this field blank.
  • Click Import Config.
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