Copy backup files to a storage location

Copying backups to a storage location guarantees that the backup files are available if the data on the server on which they were created is lost.

We recommend copying the backup file to a safe location, for example, to removable media or another host.

The backup files are compressed to .zip files (unencrypted backups) or .enc files (encrypted backups) and they can also be decompressed manually if needed. If necessary, the backups are split into several files to fit the maximum file size. Each backup has its own subdirectory.

Note: Handle the backup files securely. They contain all configuration information for the system.

On the SMC Appliance, backup files can be automatically stored in a remote location through a CIFS share.

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  1. Select Configuration, then browse to Administration.
  2. Browse to Backups > Management Server or Backups > Log Server.
  3. Right-click the backup file, then select Export.
  4. Browse to the directory where you want to save the backup file, then click Open.
    The backup file is exported.
  5. To open the directory where you saved the backup file, click Open Directory.
  6. From the computer where you use the Management Client, copy the backup files to a safe storage location.