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SEC0100 - ACS 5.4 Backup Restore

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The video walks you through the process of Backup and Restore on Cisco ACS 5.4 in a distributed deployment. We will simulate a failure on primary ACS and attempt to restore the server from a previous backup file.
  • ACS Backup
  • ACS Restore
  • ACS Distributed Deployment

About Author

Metha Cheiwanichakorn, CCIE#23585 (RS, Sec, SP), is a Cisco networking enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. He is currently working as a consulting engineer for a Cisco partner. As a founder of and an instructor at, Metha enjoys learning and challenges himself with new Cisco technologies.


Hi Metha,
I have ACS 5.3 and i want to simulate the upgrade process before doing in production,
i took backup and tries to restore it in fresh copy of VM 5.3 first then upgrade .
but when restoring a face the below error
% Error: Failed to perform ACS restore: Backup file does not match installed application(s)

is it applicable to simulate

What exact command do you use to backup and restore ACS? Please note the command may have the 'application acs' option at the end that you might need to specify.

is there any way to restore using GUI ?

Not to our knowledge.

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