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Backup Appliance

Regular backups of the Tenable Appliance data help to ensure redundancy and data recovery in the event of system failure.

To back up the entire Appliance configuration, including Tenable application specific data, choose “Whole Appliance” from the drop-down. Other options include “System Configuration” and application specific backups. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you select “Download Backup” to save the .tar archive to a secondary storage device for data recovery. The drop-down next to “Download Backup” contains a list of all backups that are available on the Appliance and their size:

Choose “Restore Backup” to restore a backup file from the locally available backup files. If the backup file is large, it may be split into smaller “chunks” to be uploaded in parts. The backup file may be split with any standard tool to perform such a process. When initially choosing the backup file to upload, select the first part of the split backup files. After that upload is complete, the confirmation window will prompt for the next part of the backup file to be uploaded or to begin restoring the backup if all of the file parts are uploaded.

Choose “Delete Backup” to remove previously saved backups.

Note: The backup process occurs in the background after a confirmation window opens with a warning that running services will be stopped before the backup begins. Do not attempt to start the service again before the backup status shows it has completed. After several minutes, refresh the browser window to see the newly generated backup.

Automated Backups

Users can set up Automated Backups by selecting the Enabled option in the Automated Backups section.

  1. Click the edit icon () to set the time (month, day of the week, hour and minute) for the automatic backups.
  2. Next, click the Store Automated Backups drop down list option to select the location to store the backups.
  3. Click the Save Schedule button to confirm your selections. A green bar will display at the top of the screen indicating the system as successfully saved your Automated schedule options.

Note: The automatic backup feature deletes the backup from the Appliance local disk after the transfer succeeds.

Remote Backup Location

The Automated Backups section provides an option to store backups at a remote location. To use this feature, the Remote Backup Location must be configured. The table below provides descriptions for the items that need to be entered. After the information has been entered, click Save Remote Config.

Option Description
Remote Backup Location This is the location where the backup is sent. (supports SCP)
Destination Path This is the location on the machine (file path location).
SSH Known Host File This is the SSH public/host key of the server the Appliance will connect to.
Port This is the port that is connecting to the Appliance.
Authentication This information is required to access the system. Enter the Username and either a Passphrase or SSH Private Key. (The SSH Private Key is preferred.)

Note: Backups must be scheduled when no jobs are running and the system is in an idle state.



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