Restore an Cisco Ace server from a full backup


This document will show you how to restore an Ace server from a full backup stored on a ftp server


  • Please note that this procedure will disrupt traffic and must be performed in a maintenance windows.
  • This procedure assumes that another Ace server is running in a HA pair with Context that are load balanced
  • Backup of the active Ace server is recommended before beginning this procedure.
  • This procedure has been tested in a lab environment and the author can not guarantee that it will work in your environment


Before proceeding with the configuration, you will need the following info.

  • Network access to new Ace server
  • Console access to Ace Server
  • Ace server running at the correct release code
  • Ftp access to a local ftp server
  • A copy of the latest backup (ace-server_2014_01_06_15_09_41.tgz in this example)

Network Topology

ace backup restore

Configuring network access to ACE

In the admin context (default context)
Go into configuration mode

 Conf t

Type in the following command

 aaa authentication login default local
 username admin password Rest0re role Admin domain default-domain
 class-map type management match-any C1
 description configured for bare blade
2 match protocol ssh any
 3 match protocol icmp any
4 match protocol telnet any
5 match protocol http any
 6 match protocol https any
 7 match protocol snmp any
class-map type management match-any REMOTE_MGMT
 2 match protocol icmp any
3 match protocol ssh any
 4 match protocol https source-address
 5 match protocol snmp any
 policy-map type management first-match P1
 class C1
policy-map type management first-match REMOTE_MGMT
 interface vlan Management_Vlan_Number
 ip address
service-policy input REMOTE_MGMT
 service-policy input P1
no shutdown
 ip route

Test ssh access to ace blade using user admin and password Rest0re

Restore Configuration

Copy backup to the ace server

In the Admin context, type the following command and supply appropriate information

Copy ftp: disk0:
Enter source filename[]?ace-server_2014_01_06_15_09_41.tgz
Enter the destination filename[]?ace-server_2014_01_06_15_09_41.tgz]
Enter Address for the ftp server[]?
Enter username[]? anonymous
Enter the file transfer mode[bin/ascii]: [bin]
Enable Passive mode[Yes/No]: [Yes]
Passive mode on.
Hash mark printing on (1024 bytes/hash mark).
Validate that the file has been transfer and that the file size match the file on the ftp server

ace-server/Admin# dir disk0:

358854 Jan 06 16:32:49 2014 ace-server_2014_01_06_15_09_41.tgz

Usage for disk0: filesystem
1550336 bytes total used
9614336 bytes free
11164672 total bytes

Restore backup file to configuration of the Ace server

Type the command

 restore all disk0:ace-server_2014_01_06_15_09_41.tgz pass-phrase backup_password

type the command show restore status and repeat the previous step until you see Status : SUCCESS

Validate restoration of the configuration

Type the command show ft group status and validate that all context are in FSM_FT_STATE_STANDBY_HOT or FSM_FT_STATE_ACTIVE

show ft group status
FT Group : 1
Configured Status : in-service
Maintenance mode : MAINT_MODE_OFF
Peer Id : 1
No. of Contexts : 1
Running cfg sync status : Running configuration sync has completed
Startup cfg sync status : Startup configuration sync has completed

If the status is different, change to context and type command show ft config-error and correct what is causing the error


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