Create a Backup Using Schedule Backups

Schedule Backups creates regular backups of the deployment data according to the days and times that you specify. Use Schedule Backups to ensure that you always have a current backup. This makes it possible to restore a deployment with a minimal loss of data.

Authentication takes place during the backup process. However, backup operations slow general system performance. RSA recommends that you schedule the backups to take place during off-peak periods.

If you promote a replica instance to a primary instance, you must configure Schedule Backups on the new primary instance.

RSA recommends that you maintain a current backup. If a successful backup is not created in 7 days, the deployment sends a Critical System Notification if the deployment is configured to send notifications. The deployment also sends a Critical System Notification if a scheduled backup is not successful.


  1. In the Operations Console of the primary instance, click Maintenance > Backup and Restore > Schedule Backups.

  2. Under Schedule Backup Status, select On.

  3. Under Backup Configuration, do the following:

    1. In the Backup Password field, enter a valid password. In the Confirm Backup Password field, enter the same password.

      Carefully note the backup password you specify. You need this password to restore the deployment.

    2. For Maximum Number of Archived Backups, accept the default of 4, or select a new number from the drop-down list.

      RSA recommends that you select a minimum of 4 backups. When the total number of scheduled backups reaches the maximum number, the next scheduled backup will delete the oldest scheduled backup.

  4. Under Backup Location, do one of the following:

    • Select Local Authentication Manager Server. The backup is stored on the appliance in the directory /opt/rsa/am/backup.

    • Select Windows Shared Folder.

      • In the Windows Shared Folder field, enter the path to an existing Windows shared folder, for example, \\\backup_path.

      • If the shared folder requires a user name, enter the user name in the Folder User Name field, for example, Domain1\User1.

      • If the shared folder requires a password, enter the password in the Folder Password field, for example, password1.

      Note: If you are using a Windows share, RSA Authentication Manager 8.4 and later versions require the SMBv2 or SMBv3 protocol. SMBv1 is no longer supported.

    • Select NFS (Network File System) Shared Folder. In the NFS Shared Folder field, enter the path to an NFS server and file directory, for example,

  5. Under Schedule, accept the default settings, or specify a different backup schedule.

    For example, you can create backups on every Monday and Wednesday at 2:00 A.M.

  6. Click Save.