Create a Backup Using Back Up Now

Back Up Now creates a manual, one-time backup of a deployment.

Use Back Up Now before you perform significant maintenance tasks so that you can restore the deployment if necessary. For example, you should use Back Up Now at the following times:

  • Immediately after deploying the primary instance

  • Before and immediately after applying an update

  • After changing the arrangement of the deployment, for example, adding or deleting a replica instance, or promoting a replica instance for maintenance.


  1. In the Operations Console of the primary instance, click Maintenance > Backup and Restore > Back Up Now.

  2. In the Backup Name field, accept the default name, or replace it with a backup name of your own.

    The default name consists of a timestamp and this extension: .RSAbackup. The timestamp uses the following format: YYYYMMDDHHMM.

    In the default name 201208251230.RSAbackup, for example, 2012 is the year, 08 is the month, 25 is the day, 12 is the hour, and 30 is the minute when the backup was created.

    If you replace the default filename, your name must use this extension: .RSAbackup. This extension is case sensitive.

  3. In the Backup Password field, enter a valid password, and enter the same password in the Confirm Backup Password field.

    Note carefully the backup password you specify. You need this password to restore the deployment.

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

    • Select Local Authentication Manager Server. The backup is saved 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. Click Backup.

    The Progress Monitor page displays the backup progress.

  6. Click Done when the backup process completes.