How to Back up, Restore, and Compare Device Configurations


You can back up (archive) and restore device configurations as well as compare two configuration files, using the Network tab in ExtremeCloud IQ - Site Engine. The backup operation performs a single configuration archive. The restore operation restores an archived configuration or configuration template to a device. The compare operation compares the last two archived configuration files for a selected device.

  NOTES: Configure the path into which configuration files are saved in the Directory Path field in Administration > Options > Inventory Manager > Data Storage.

Configure the file transfer settings and login information in the Server Properties section of Administration > Options > Inventory Manager > File Transfer.

All of the operations require that you are using the Archives tab for your archive management.

Device Back up Configuration

To perform a quick device configuration back up from the Devices tab:

  1. Select a device in the Device list.
  2. Select the Menu icon () or right-click in the Devices list.
  3. Select Archives > Backup Configuration.


  4. This performs a single configuration archive for the device. You can refer to the ExtremeCloud IQ - Site Engine Inventory Event Log to view the archive progress.
  5. Open the Network > Archives tab to view the archive.
  NOTES: To perform the backup configuration, you must be a member of an authorization group that has the Inventory Manager > Configuration Archive Management > Archive Restore Wizard capability.



Because the ExtremeCloud IQ - Site Engine backup creates a single archive that is not recurring, use the Create Archive button on the Archives tab to schedule regular backups of your network device configurations.

Device Restore Configuration

The device restore configuration operation allows you to restore a configuration template or archived configuration to an active device on the network.

  1. Select a device in the Device list.
  2. Select the Menu icon () or right-click in the Devices list.
  3. Select Archives > Restore Configuration.


  4. For additional information about restoring a device's configuration, see Restore Device Configuration in ExtremeCloud IQ - Site Engine.

Compare Device Configurations

You can compare the last two archived configuration files for a selected device from the Devices tab.

  1. Select a device in the Device list.
  2. Select the Menu icon () or right-click in the Devices list.
  3. Select Archives > Compare Last Configurations.

  4. For additional information about comparing device configurations, see Compare Device Configurations in ExtremeCloud IQ - Site Engine.

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