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Description

 

This article describes how to take backup FortiGate config on a USB thumb drive (CLI/Console and GUI).

 

Scope

 

FortiGate version 6.4.8.

 

Solution

 

Backup FortiGate configuration on a USB thumb drive.

 

CLI/Console guide.

 

  1. Log into the CLI.
  2. Enter the command below to backup the configuration file.

 

execute backup config usb <backup_filename>   <Enter>|<backup_password>

 

     3. Enter the command below to verify the configuration file are on the key.

 

exec usb-disk list

 

Note.

FortiGate will automount FAT and vFAT formatted USB.

 

     4. To restore the backup configuration in CLI.

 

Log into CLI/Console and enter the command below.

 

execute restore config usb <backup_filename>   <Enter>|<backup_password>

Do you want to continue? (y/n) <----- Type 'y'.

 

To backup/restore a VDOM configuration, enter into that VDOM first then use the above-mentioned commands.

 

config vdom
    edit <vdom_name>

 

GUI guide:

 

  1. Log into GUI.

 

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     2. Select the profile/admin icon on the top right-hand side in GUI to search for the Backup tab: 'admin/profile'  icon  -> Configuration  -> Backup.

 

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     3. In the Backup System Configuration tab, select 'USB disk' as the backup option (Make sure the USB thumb drive is attached to a physical device). Fill in the filename and select 'OK'.

 

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Note.

Enable the 'Encryption' option to encrypt the backup file with a password.

 

     4. To restore the backup configuration in GUI.

 

Log into GUI and select the profile/admin icon on the top right-hand side in GUI to search for the 'Restore' tab.

Go to 'admin/profile' icon  -> Configuration  -> Restore.

 

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     5. In the Restore System Configuration tab, select 'USB disk' as the backup option (Make sure the USB thumb drive is attached to a physical device).

Select the correct backup filename and select 'OK'.

 

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Note.

Enter the correct password if the backup file has been encrypted with a password during backup. Leave it blank if otherwise.

 

     6. Select 'OK', the device will reboot for a few minutes to restore the backup config.

 

Related articles:

Technical Tip: Backup and restore configuration file from a thumb drive (USB).

Technical Tip: Performing a configuration backup from GUI.