WatchGuard Firebox XTM Device Image Backup


When you need to restore an existing configuration on an XTM Device, using a backup is crucial. The process involves accessing the saved XTM Device Image containing all the essential settings and data. Whether recovering from a critical failure or simply updating your device, this backup ensures the preservation of your configurations. In case of unforeseen events, such as hardware issues or accidental changes, having an XTM Device Image backup ready is a lifesaver. Please see How to setup WatchGuard Log Server, and WatchGuard Log and Report Server Installation in a VM.

By following the appropriate procedures and utilizing the backup, you can quickly revert to a previously stable state, eliminating the risk of downtime and data loss. Make it a routine to maintain regular backups of your XTM Device Image to keep your network secure and operational.

Note: An XTM device backup image is an encrypted and saved copy of the flash disk image from the XTM device flash disk. It includes the XTM device OS, configuration file, feature keys, Device Management users, passphrases, DHCP leases, and certificates. The backup image also includes any event notification settings that you configured in Traffic Monitor.

XTM Device Image Backup

You can save a backup image to your management computer. This backup image is unique to each device and includes the serial number, certificates, and private keys unique to that device. To a directory on your network or to another connected storage device.

Note: Never should you restore a backup image created from one XTM device to a different XTM device, even if both devices are the same model.

Please see WatchGuard Firebox: Restoring Backups on XTM Device, and Setup WatchGuard XTM: Access WSM Guide

Steps: Follow the steps below to achieve the XTM Device Image Backup

From the Policy manager, click on File. Click on backup
– Enter the administration username and passphrase
– This step may include other steps for Authentication as defined by your administrator.
A new backup dialog box appears
– Browse and select the backup path
– Type and confirm the chosen encryption key.

This key is required to encrypt the backup file and if forgotten then we are sorry nothing can be restored. Then click on OK.

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