Controller Based WLANs

How to backup critical configuration data and files on the compact flash file system.

by ‎03-07-2016 11:55 AM - edited ‎03-07-2016 11:56 AM
Q:

How to backup critical configuration data and files on the compact flash file system.



A:

It is important to frequently back up all critical configuration data and files on the compact flash file system to an external server or mass storage device.

At the very least, you should include the following files in these frequent backups:

  • Configuration data
  • WMS database
  • Local user database
  • Licensing database l Floor plan JPEG's
  • Custom captive portal pages
  • x.509 certificates
  • Controller Logs

Backing up and Restoring Compact Flash in the WebUI :

The WebUI provides the easiest way to back up and restore the entire compact flash file system.

The following steps describe how to back up and restore the compact flash file system using the WebUI on the controller:

1. Click the Configuration tab.

2. Click Save Configuration at the top of the page.

3. Navigate to the Maintenance > File > Backup Flash page.

4. Click Create Backup to back up the contents of the compact flash file system to the flashbackup.tar.gz file.

5. Click Copy Backup to copy the file to an external server.

You can later copy the backup file from the external server to the compact flash file system using the file utility in the Maintenance > File > Copy Files

6. To restore the backup file to the Compact Flash file system, navigate to the Maintenance > File > Restore Flash page and click Restore.

 

Backing up and Restoring Compact Flash in the CLI:

The following steps describe the backup and restore procedure for the entire compact flash file system using the controller’s command line:

1. Make sure you are in the enable mode in the controller CLI, and execute the following command:

(host) # write memory

2. Execute the backup command to back up the contents of the compact flash file system to the flashbackup.tar.gz file.

(host) # backup flash

Please wait while we tar relevant files from flash...

Please wait while we compress the tar file...

Checking for free space on flash...

Copying file to flash...

File flashbackup.tar.gz created successfully on flash.

3. Execute the copy command to transfer the backup flash file to an external server or storage device.

(host) copy flash: flashbackup.tar.gz ftp: (host) copy flash: flashbackup.tar.gz usb: partition

You can later transfer the backup flash file from the external server or storage device to the compact flash file system by executing the copy command.

(host) # copy tftp: flash: flashbackup.tar.gz (host) # copy usb: partition flash: flashbackup.tar.gz

4. Execute the restore command to untar and extract the flashbackup.tar.gz file to the compact flash file system.

(host) # restore flash

Comments
Frank2812

Hi if i have a 7005 controller and i want to pass the config to a 7205 controller what i have to do? 

The best way is to get the backup from one controller and upload it on the other. Please follow the above steps to retrieve the flashbackup from one and restore it on other controller.
This backup file contains the following:

- Configuration file
- Local user database
- Global AP database
- WMS database
- Custom upload certificates
- Custom upload CP pages
- Any other files uploaded to the controller

 

Once the upload is done we need to get into the console to modify the interface configuration as the interface/ports would differ from each controller model.

 

 

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