[RSA] Authentication Manager 8.1 SP1 – how to create and schedule a backup

Dear colleagues,

it’s always good to schedule a backup (you know just in case). You have three options to do it:

  • Local Authentication Manager Server
    • the easiest to deploy
    • sometimes “the fastest”
    • less dependencies on storage and networking team
    • backup is stored by default under /opt/rsa/am/backup
    • no need to cross FW
  • Windows Shared Folder (preferred one)
    • CIFS share needed configured with security descriptor
    • FW rules needed
    • “slower” than local
  • NFS (Network File System) Share Folder
    • similar to CIFS but security of the share is based on IP (NFS)
    • FW rules needed
    • “faster” than CIFS

Recipe (on demand backup):

  • connect to the Primary instance’s Operations Console
  • go to Maintenance – Backup and Restore – Backup Now

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  • adjust the Backup Name to your naming policy by default it will reflect date and time also provide the password to encrypt the backup with

Password policy:

Your password must contain:•8 to 32 characters
•At least 1 alphabetic character
•At least 1 special character
•Not allowed: @~

Note: Any leading or trailing space characters will be automatically removed.

Local Manager Server
  • select Local Authentication Manager Server radio button and then click on Backup button

b2

  • wait until the process finishes and review the result

b3

Windows Shared Folder
  • select Windows Shared Folder radio button
  • provide share name which this instance has access to (in terms of network); service account credentials should be provided to you by relevant team responsible of the share; finally click on Backup button

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  • wait until the process finishes and review the result

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Recipe (schedule backup):

  • connect to the Primary Replica Operations Console
  • go to Maintenance – Backup and Restore – Schedule Backups

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  • select the Scheduled Backup on this deployment is radio button to On

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  • Backup Configuration: Backup password (see password policy above)
  • Maximum Number of Archived Backups (if saving locally RSA recommends only 4), if saving externally – check with your backup policy, you can have up to 14)
  • Backup Location (same choices as on demand)
  • Schedule: (check with backup policy) you can run in daily; click on Done button

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  • review the result

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Recipe (monitor backups):

  • connect to the Primary Replica Operations Console
  • go to Maintenance – Backup and Restore – Schedule Backups

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  • select backup type and provide necessary information (same choices as backup on demand)
  • click on Next button

b11

  • review the backup list

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2018-05-24T22:31:34+00:00