Pfsense - Backup and Restore

Pfsense - Backup and Restore

Jun 12, 2022 - 12:51
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Pfsense - Backup and Restore

Pfsense - Backup and Restore

Would you like to learn how to perform the Pfsense backup and restore procedure? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to backup your pfsense configuration and how to restore your pfsense configuration.

• Pfsense 2.4.4-p3

PFSense - Configuration Backup

Open a browser software, enter the IP address of your Pfsense firewall and access web interface.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• https://192.168.0.1

The Pfsense web interface should be presented.Pfsense login

On the prompt screen, enter the Pfsense Default Password login information.

• Username: admin
• Password: pfsense

After a successful login, you will be sent to the Pfsense Dashboard.Pfsense dashboard

Access the Pfsense Diagnostics menu and select the Backup and Restore option.pfsense backup menu

On the Backup configuration area, perform the following configuration:

• Backup area - All
• Skip packages - No
• Skip RRD data - No
• Encryption - Yes
• Password - Enter an encryption password to protect the Pfsense Backup.

Click on the Download configuration as XML button.pfsense backup

Your computer will download a XML file containing the pfsense configuration backup

PFSense - Configuration Restore

Open a browser software, enter the IP address of your Pfsense firewall and access web interface.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• https://192.168.15.30

The Pfsense web interface should be presented.Pfsense login

On the prompt screen, enter the Pfsense Default Password login information.

• Username: admin
• Password: pfsense

After a successful login, you will be sent to the Pfsense Dashboard.Pfsense dashboard

Access the Pfsense Diagnostics menu and select the Backup and Restore option.pfsense backup menu

On the Restore Backup area, perform the following configuration:

• Restore area - All
• Configuration file - Select your pfsense configuration backup XML file.
• Encryption - Yes
• Password - Enter an encryption password

Click on the Restore configuration button.pfsense restore configuration

Your computer will upload the XML file and restore the pfsense configuration backup.

After restoring the configuration the Pfsense server will reboot.

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