Ensure that Firepower module tab is available in the ASDM configuration.
The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:
ASA FirePOWER modules (ASA 5506X/5506H-X/5506W-X, ASA 5508-X, ASA 5516-X ) running software version 5.4.1 and above
ASA FirePOWER module (ASA 5515-X, ASA 5525-X, ASA 5545-X, ASA 5555-X) running software version 6.0.0 and above
The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.
Backup/Restore are primarily useful tasks that an administrator does on regular basis. It helps to restore the firepower module to an operational state after an accident (also called disaster recovery) and module corruption (file or data recovery).
Firepower module provides two options for the backup and the restore:
ASDM allows you to take the configuration backup where backup can be restored to the same model in the case of disaster recovery/data corruption.
Firepower Management Center (FMC) allows Import/Export option which in turn allows the backup of several part of configuration. This includes all types of policies as you can import the exported policies to both same as well as different model with the same version. You can also choose this option to migrate the configuration of one module to another module.
Firepower module can perform the backup to either its own hard drive or remote device.
Note: Firepower module supports only the configuration backup.
Configure the Local Backup/ Remote Backup
In order to take the local backup of Firepower module, navigate to Configuration > ASA Firepower Configuration > Tools > Backup/ Restore > Backup Management and clickDevice Backup.
Name: Specify the name of backup.
Storage Location: ASDM support only local storage which is /var/sf/backup.
Email: Enable the email notification. you need to configure the System Policy (ASA Firepower Configuration > SystemPolicy) for email relay server configuration.
Copy when Complete: Enable the check box to configure Remote Backup. Firepower uses the SCP protocol to send the backup to the backup server.
Host: Specify the IP/ Host of the remote server
Path: Specify the remote directory path
User: Specify the remote username
Password: Specify the remote username's password
Click Start Backup option to start the backup process. Save As New option creates a backup profile which you can use in Backup profile.
Scheduling the Backup
You can schedule the Backup of the configuration of your device in a timely manner. Backup schedule can automate the process of backing up the device by hours/ daily/weekly/monthly timeframe. To schedule the backup, you need to perform two steps:
Step 1. Create the Backup Profile.
Step 2. Schedule the backup tasks
Create the Backup Profile
In order to create backup profile, navigate to Configuration > ASA Firepower Configuration > Tools > Backup/ Restore > Backup Management and click the Backup profile.
Backup profile creation options are similar to previous section (Configure the Local Backup/ Remote Backup).
Schedule the backup tasks
In order to schedule the Backup tasks, navigate to Configuration > ASA Firepower Configuration > Tools > Scheduling and click Add Task.
Job Type: Select Backup as job type in the drop down list.
Schedule Task to run: Select the radio button to define the frequency of task to be scheduled.
Start On: Select Date from the drop down list to define the start date of the backup.
Repeat Every: Specify frequency of iteration of the backup scheduling task on Hours/ Days/ Weeks/ Monthly basis.
Run At: Select the time of start of the backup from the drop down list.
Repeat On: Select the checkbox for the day on which you want to repeat the backup.
Job Name: Specify the name of scheduled job.
Backup Profile: Select the Backup profile you have created in the earlier step from the drop down list.
Comment: You can write the description about the job you have created.
Email Status To: You can setup email relay host to send the status of scheduled job backup.
Click Save button to save the configuration of the scheduled backup.
Configure the Backup's Restore
Restoration of backup is needed if your device configuration is corrupted or you have reimaged the appliance. You can restore the old configuration to the freshly reimaged appliance.
To restore the backup, navigate to Configuration > ASA Firepower Configuration > Tools > Backup/ Restore. If you have configured the remote storage then fetch the backup file from remote storage and choose option Upload Backup to upload the backup file.
Uploaded file or already created backup files are available at Backup Management page. Choose the backup file you want to restore and click Restore option to start the restoration backup.
Once you click Restore, it asks for confirmation to replace configuration data. Click Restore again to continue with the restoration process.
Import/ Export Configuration
Firepower module supports the Import/Export feature which is used to copy various type of configurations. This includes policies from one module to another module of the same/ different type.
It supports export and import of below types of policies:
Access Control policies including network analysis and file policies
In order to export the configuration, navigate to Configuration > ASA Firepower Configuration > Tools > Import/Export.
Firepower module supports export of single policy or set of policies of the same type or different type at a single time along with revision number of that configuration.
Click the Export button to export the policies. Firepower module asks to save the export file ( *.sfo)
In order to Import the saved exported file on ASDM, navigate to Configuration > ASA Firepower Configuration > Tools > Import/Export and click on Upload Package. It asks you to choose the file that you want to import and click Upload.
On next page, you will see policies from imported file (*.sfo), select the policies you want to import on firepower module.
Click the Import button to import the policies. If the exported policy name conflicts with policies which exists in the Firepower Module. Firepower module gives these options:
Keep Existing: This option allows to keep the existing policies and do not allow to import new policy
Replace Existing: This option allows to replace the existing policies
Keep Newest: This option checks the time into both (existing and imported) policies and keeps the policy which has more recent changes
Click the Import button to import the exported policy.
Step 1. Login to module Command-Line Interface (CLI) and check the network connectivity to remote server using Telnet and Ping command.
Step 2. Verify the permission of Secure Copy (SCP) user on the remote directory wherein the backup is stored.
Step 3. The ASA FirePOWER module uses that information to determine whether you can import that configuration onto the another appliance. You cannot import a configuration revision that already exists on an appliance.
Step 4. For backup's restore, you need to ensure that you have same software version, rule update version, VDB version and hardware model.
Step 5. For Import of exported policies, you need to ensure that you have same software version, rule update version, and VDB version.
Step 1. In order to ensure that the backup/restore task are completed successfully, navigate to Monitoring > ASA Firepower Monitoring > Task Status to verify it.
Step 2. Navigate to Configuration > ASA Firepower Configuration > Tools > Backup/ Restore > Backup Management to verify whether the backup file is created or not.