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Ironport Email Backup on Virtual Restore on physical

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Sep 23rd, 2014
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Hi,

 

Is is possible to backup a Virtual email appliance and restore the configuration on a physical appliance?

Is there any gotcha?

 

Thank you,

Correct Answer by Robert Sherwin about 2 years 11 months ago

As long as the version of AsyncOS matches between the vESA and the ESA.  You may need to make modifications to the XML itself for the "ethernet_settings" - as the <ports>, <ethernet_settings>, and <cpq_enabled> tagging in the XML will be different for the vESA vs. ESA configuration.

To work around this - simply SAVE the ESA configuration to your local desktop, and save the vESA configuration as well.  Open side-by-side, I would recommend using Notepad++ (PC) or Atom/Sublime (OSX) to edit the XML.  Copy the <ports> through </ports>, <ethernet_settings> through </ethernet_settings>, and <cpq_enabled> </cpq_enabled> lines of the ESA configuration, and place them in the vESA configuration.  Save the vESA configuration as "new_virtual_configuration" - and use this when loading on the ESA.

*Since you are manually editing the XML - be sure to also edit the IP and hostname values to be the needed values needed for the ESA.

You'll see the success message:

SuccessConfiguration file was loaded. Changes will not take effect until you Commit. Please review network settings before committing the changes.

 

Commit the changes - and your ESA will now have the vESA configuration.

I hope this helps!

-Robert

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Robert Sherwin Tue, 09/23/2014 - 19:51
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As long as the version of AsyncOS matches between the vESA and the ESA.  You may need to make modifications to the XML itself for the "ethernet_settings" - as the <ports>, <ethernet_settings>, and <cpq_enabled> tagging in the XML will be different for the vESA vs. ESA configuration.

To work around this - simply SAVE the ESA configuration to your local desktop, and save the vESA configuration as well.  Open side-by-side, I would recommend using Notepad++ (PC) or Atom/Sublime (OSX) to edit the XML.  Copy the <ports> through </ports>, <ethernet_settings> through </ethernet_settings>, and <cpq_enabled> </cpq_enabled> lines of the ESA configuration, and place them in the vESA configuration.  Save the vESA configuration as "new_virtual_configuration" - and use this when loading on the ESA.

*Since you are manually editing the XML - be sure to also edit the IP and hostname values to be the needed values needed for the ESA.

You'll see the success message:

SuccessConfiguration file was loaded. Changes will not take effect until you Commit. Please review network settings before committing the changes.

 

Commit the changes - and your ESA will now have the vESA configuration.

I hope this helps!

-Robert

(*If you have received the answer to your original question, and found this helpful/correct - please mark the question as answered, and be sure to leave a rating to reflect!)

guibarati Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:09
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Thank you, I didn't try it yet but it seems a solid approach. 

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