Restore Nessus

Using the Nessus CLI, you can use a previous backup of Nessus to restore later on any system, even if it is a different operating system. When you back up Nessus, your license information and settings are preserved. Nessus does not restore scan results.

Note: If you perform a cross-platform backup and restore between Linux and Windows systems, after you restore Nessus, you must reconfigure any Nessus configurations that use schedules (for example, scan schedules or agent blackout windows). Schedules do not transfer correctly across these platforms because the operating systems use different timezone names.

Before you begin:

To restore Nessus:

  1. Log in to Nessus from a command terminal.
  2. Stop your Nessus service.

    For example:

    > stop nessusd

    Nessus terminates all processes.

  3. Restore Nessus from the backup file you previously saved:

    > nessuscli backup --restore path/to/<backup_filename>

    Nessus restores your backup.

  4. Restart the Nessus service.

    For example:

    > restart nessusd

    Nessus begins initializing and uses the license information and settings from the backup.