How to Restore an Archive

You can restore saved (archived) device configuration files to devices using the Restore Archive window. Saved configurations are listed in the left-panel of the Archives tab under the appropriate archive and version. Each configuration displays an icon that identifies the type of data that was saved:  device configuration data (), capacity planning data (), both device configuration and capacity planning data (). Only configurations that include device configuration data ( and  ) are available to restore.

You can only restore a configuration to a device with the same IP address. In other words, the device you are restoring to must have the same IP address as the device the configuration was originally saved from. You can restore configurations to a single device or multiple devices. You must have a TFTP or FTP server running to restore a configuration.

Use these steps to restore a configuration to a device.

  1. Right-click an archive version or an archive configuration from the left-panel of the Archives tab or from the main panel and select Restore. The Restore Archive window displays.
  2. Select the archive version to restore:
    1. Expand the folders under the Archives tree and select the archive version or configuration you want to restore. Only configurations that include device configuration data ( and  ) can be restored. Select the right arrow button >.
    2. The Configurations to Restore table lists the configurations. If you select an archive version and want to remove an individual configuration from the list, select the configuration and select the left arrow button <.
    3. Select Start.
      TIPS: If you open the Restore Archive window from an archive version or configuration in the left-panel of the Archives tab, the selected configuration(s) is automatically displayed under Configurations to Restore.

    Check the FW Match column to see if the current firmware version on the device matches the firmware version on the device at the time of the archive.
  3. Initiate the Restore operation:
    1. Specify the Restore Type option. The restore is performed in parallel (simultaneously) on the number of devices specified in the Process in Groups Of field. By default, the restores occur in sequential order (Process in Groups Of: 1). This is to protect against possible isolation of other devices in the restore list.

       CAUTION:Because some devices automatically restart following a restore operation, performing a Restore Type greater than 1 may isolate other devices in the restore list, causing their restores to fail. It is recommended you leave the Process in Groups Of value at 1 (perform the restore serially), unless you know it is safe to simultaneously restart the selected network devices.
    2. Select Start to initiate the restore operation. The table at the top of the window and the status area in the bottom left of the screen both update with status information.
    3. Review results. An alert icon   () appears in the Alert column of the table if a restore operation fails for a specific device. You can select to show all devices or show only incomplete or failed device archive restorations.
  4. Select Finish to close the window.

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