The Access Control Server (ACS) 5.3/5.2 provides various backup
options. This document provides a summary of these options.
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The information in this document is based on these hardware and
The ACS is divided into two parts: Configuration and Logging. Both
parts are backed up separately using the CLI or the GUI.
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System Administration > Operations > Distributed System
This allows you to run an immediate backup on any instance that you
Here you have the option of backing up the ACS configuration, or both
the ACS configuration and the
System Administration > Operations > Scheduled
This is accessible via Monitoring Configuration > System
Operations > Data Management > Removal and Backup. The database
that contains the ACS AAA logs is known as the “View Database”.
Three options exist:
This setting allows you to delete data from the view database. The
value to select from the drop-down box is number of months of data you would
like to keep in the Monitoring and Report View database.
View Full Database Backup Now
This allows you to run an immediate backup.
Scheduled View Database backup
This allows you to schedule the time and date of incremental
view-database backups and/or full view-database backups.
This section of the ACS 5.3 configuration guide has a good description
of how the purging and backups of the AAA logs work, and at what stages the
purge is supposed to take place:
Data Purging and Incremental Backup
The GUI is most likely going to be the place where you will create and
schedule backups. However, if you want to run backup commands from the CLI,
these are the commands you can use.
Note: The information provided in each link for the details of what is
backed up with each command:
In order to backup only the ACS configuration, use the
acs backup command:
acs backup backup-filename repository repository-name
In order to backup the ACS configuration and the ADE OS
data, use the backup command:
backup backup-name repository repository-name
In order to backup the system logs (not the view
database), use the backup-logs command:
backup-logs backup-name repository repository-name