Brocade Switch Backup/Restore Configuration

Brocade FC switch is getting widely used in SAN infrastructure and it’s critical to Backup configuration and restore in case of disaster.

“configupload” can be used to Backup the configuration of the switch to a FTP server and “configdownload” can be used to Restore configuration in case of disaster.

It’s simple, but be careful with configdownload as it will erase the replace the existing configuration.

– To Backup the config,

Switch_B:admin> configupload

Protocol (scp, ftp, local) [ftp]: ftp

Server Name or IP Address [host]: <IP of FTP Server>

User Name [user]: <User>

File Name [config.txt]: switch_B_config.txt

Password:

configUpload complete: All config parameters are uploaded

Switch_B:admin>

– To Restore Configuration

Switch_B:admin>configdownload

Switch_B:admin> switchdisable

Protocol (scp, ftp, local) [ftp]: ftp

Server Name or IP Address [host]: <IP of FTP Server>

User Name [user]: <User>

File Name [config.txt]: SwitchB.txt

*** CAUTION ***
This command is used to download a backed-up configuration  for a specific switch.  If using a file  from a  different  switch, this file’s configuration  settings will  override  any current switch settings.   Downloading a configuration  file, which was uploaded  from a different type of switch,  may cause this switch to fail.  A switch reboot might be  required for some parameter changes to take effect.
configDownload operation may take several minutes  to complete for large files.

Do you want to continue [y/n]: y

Password:

Activating configDownload: Switch is disabled

configDownload complete: All config parameters are downloaded

Switch_B:admin> switchenable

Switch_B:admin>

– Switch should be disabled while replacing configuration and can be enabled once done.