The easiest way to create a backup of the Gateway is using the Gateway Webpage.
- Go to the Config tab of the Gateway Webpage, and click on System > Backup/Restore.
The System Backup/Restore page will be displayed. Make sure the Backup tab is selected, then click Download Backup.
By default, this downloads a
.gwbkfile extension to your local file system in your Downloads folder.
The Gateway Backup default filename will look like GatewayName_Ignition-backup-YYYYMMDD-HHMM.gwbk where YYYYMMDD-HHMM is the timestamp of when it was created.
In Windows and Linux, you can use the command-line utility to create a Gateway backup. To run the Command-line Utility, open a shell and enter the command below.
If you want to add a timestamp, you need to enter the date and time in the filename. Refer to the Command-line Utility page for a complete list of 'gwcmd' options.
Go to the Config tab and click on System > Backup/Restore.
The System Backup/Restore screen will be displayed. Click on the Restore tab. Read carefully through the restoration settings, and check the ones you wish to enable.
Restore Disabled Checkbox
If you check the Restore Disabled box, all projects, project resources, notifications, alarm journals, database connections, OPC connections, devices, scripts and third party modules will be disabled upon restart.
Click Choose File, then navigate to your Gateway backup file (*.gwbk). By default, all your Gateway backup files are saved in your Downloads folder unless you select another folder location to choose an exisiting Gateway Backup file (
*.gwbk) to restore.
If you downloaded a Gateway Backup and are trying to Restore it, you must have a .gwbk file type. Often, Internet Explorer will change the extension from .gwbk to .zip when the backup is downloaded. The correct format for a downloaded backup is "Ignition-backup-YYYYMMDD-HHMM.gwbk" where YYYYMMDD-HHMM is the timestamp.
- Choose your Ignition backup file (
.gwbk), and click Open.
- Click Restore at the bottom of the System Backup/Restore screen. The Gateway stops while restoring the backup file. When restoring is complete, the Gateway restarts itself to apply the restored settings. The Gateway Webpage is refreshed and your projects are loaded and your whole Gateway is restored in less than a minute.
In Windows and Linux, you can use the command-line utility to restore a Gateway backup. To run the Command-line Utility, open a shell and enter the command below. Refer to the Command-line Utility page for a complete list of 'gwcmd' options.