After setting up the devices, the first operation that would be performed is backing up the device configuration. Backup could be done anytime on demand for a single device or a group of devices in bulk. It can also be automated by creating scheduled tasks.
Before proceeding to backup device configuration, you should have provided credentials for the device. The credentials should be valid so that the Network Configuration Manager is able to communicate with the device.
Go to "Inventory" >> "Devices" >> Select the device or devices whose configuration has to be backedup
Click on More actions >> Select "Backup" from the drop-down
Once backup is over, the status will be marked as "Backedup" with a green mark. If the operation fails, a red mark is displayed.
(1) Backedup version will be stored in Network Configuration Manager only if there is a difference between currently available configuration in the device and the previously backedup version. Otherwise, it is not stored
(2) When the Backup operation fails, you can find the reason why it failed, by checking the status of the operation in the device details page.
You can automate device configuration backup by creating schedules. The backup can be generated at periodic intervals. Refer to scheduled tasks section for more details.