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Required backup for vAPP - backupVapp alias


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CA Identity Manager CA Identity Governance CA Identity Portal CA Identity Suite


What exactly does the backupVapp alias backup?

  1. For example, are there any system files, configuration on the disk that needs to be backed up?
  2. What about any other user stores that are not obvious?



The alias backupVapp will backup the following:

1. OS files under /etc
2. Vapp configuration files under /opt/CA/VirtualApplication/conf, /opt/CA/VirtualApplication/custom
3. wildfly im, ip, ig configuration files if you have the components deployed
4. CA Directory and Provisioning Server config files
5. And UserStore and Provisioning Directory dxdumpdb backup files. If you say Y to the following prompt

Do you want to take a backup of existing User Store and Provisioning Directory Data? (Choosing "N" will backup only configurations) (Y/N)?

then backupVapp will dxdumpdb the User Store and Provisioning Directory data (it will prompt you to shutdown if they are running).

At the end, it will bundle all into an archive file and encrypt it.
But the best way to take a full backup set is to create a snapshot of the vApp nodes (ideally when VMs are shutdown) along with external database . This would ensure everything is backed up from the machine.