What does Messaging Security Gateway back up

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This article describes what Messaging Security Gateway (MSG) backs up and how the process work.

Files that MSG backs up

The configuration backup is taken automatically every night and has all settings and data stored, except for the network settings and quarantine data. F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway backs up the following data:
  • dictionaries,
  • certificates,
  • server configurations - for example, parameters and attributes,
  • lists of entries - for example, groups, safe senders, and blocked senders,
  • list of quarantine folders - folder names and settings are preserved, as well as the references to folders in rules,
  • user repository,
  • saved reports,
  • appliance configurations:
    • DNS server,
    • firewall settings,
    • domain.
Messaging Security Gateway also backs up configurations, such as lists and dictionaries, for the
  • email firewall,
  • spam detection,
  • virus detection,
  • digital assets, and
  • regulatory compliance modules

that the administrator has created.

Files that MSG does not back up

The F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway - does not back up the following data:
  • system and cluster passwords,
  • data in the database - for example, messages in the Quarantine and Smart Search,
  • log files,
  • fully qualified instance name (FQIN) - for example, hostname-1000_instance1,
  • update history,
  • appliance configurations:
    • Hostname
    • Network settings - IP addresses, gateway, and netmask
    • sendmail settings

Note: Software patches are not backed up. However, when you restore a backup configuration, a list of the patches you had installed will appear in the management interface.

To download a backup file

  1. Go to System > Backup and Restore > Download.
  2. Download the backup file (.pbc).

Note: The backup is software version specific. For example, you cannot import version 7.1.0 backup into a 7.2.0 system. In this case, do a reimage.

To restore a configuration

  1. Import the configuration file by selecting the Restore Backup button.
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