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Mar 17
Cisco ISE Backup Procedure
Posted by Pablo Mirsoian

The topic of backing up is not always linear. Backing up a system can sometimes be confusing topic among System and Network Engineers. There are always multiple ways to back up and restore, but is it the recommended for the system? For example, experience has shown me that enabling virtual machine snapshots to systems like ISE can present itself with larger operational issues like sporadic restarts and system hang ups. Therefore, setting up the correct backup policy is essential, and this guide will help setup a backup policy for your ISE deployment.

Create an FTP/SFTP Repository on ISE

  1. Navigate to Administration -> System -> Maintenance -> Repository

Once we navigate here this will show us the list of different configured repositories. We can add different types that use different protocols to transfer, such as FTP, SFTP etc.

Cisco ISE Backup Procedure

Cisco ISE Backup Procedure

In this example below I am using my laptop as an FTP server to send these backup files to.

2. Click add
3. Configure location and Credentials

Cisco ISE Backup Procedure

4. Once configured with all the appropriate parameters we can click save


Backup Cisco ISE

  1. Navigate to Administration -> System -> Backup & Restore
  2. Select the radio button next to Configuration Data Backup
  3. Select Backup Now

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This option will allow you to run a one-time backup.

4. Enter backup name, repository name, encryption key
Cisco ISE Backup Procedure


Encryption key must satisfy the following criteria:

* Contains at least one uppercase letter [A-Z].

* Contains at least one lowercase letter [a-z].

* Contains at least one digit [0-9].

* Contain only [A-Z][a-z][0-9]_#

* Has at least 8 characters.

* Has not more than 15 characters.

* Must not contain any of the characters ‘CcIiSsCco’

* Must not begin with #

5. Select save


This will run the backup process and will complete after ISE is finished. You should get a prompt like this.

                  Cisco ISE Backup Procedure

Just below the one-time Backup Now we can configure a schedule for backup to run automatically.


Cisco ISE Backup Procedure

6. Select the edit link to configure a schedule for backup
Cisco ISE Backup Procedure

7. Enter the required parameters, such as Name, Repository, Encryption Key.
8. Add a start date and frequency of backup
9. Select save

Once you click save scheduled backups are configured. These will run according to the schedule configured above.

As always if you have any questions on getting Cisco's ISE set up for you and your business and would like to schedule a free consultation with us, please reach out to us at sales@lookingpoint.com and we’ll be happy to help!

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Written By:

Pablo Mirsoian, Network Engineer

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