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Automated eSafe backup

René Jorissen on January 19, 2010 0 Comments • Tags: #automated #backup #createbackup #esafe #esgapi

After configuring an eSafe appliance you have the option to export the configuration through the management interface, but you have to do this manually. eSafe has also a build in command line option to create a backup of the required files.

The command line allows backing up and restoring files using standard backup/restore commands. The command line option creates a tar.gz file; the same file that is created when backing up via the eSafe Appliance Manager.

I did some simple scripting to create a backup file, which is copied to a FTP server daily at 05:00 AM. When using the build in backup feature, the tar.gz file is created in the folder /var/esafe. I created two additional files ( and ftp_file) to automate the backup proces.

Below you see the content of both files:


cd /var/esafe
# Remove old backups
rm -rf *.tar.gz

# Create the backup with build-in eSafe backup
/opt/eSafe/esgapi –createbackup

# FTP files to Management server
ftp -inv </var/esafe/ftp_file &


# FTP files to Management server
user username password
lcd /var/esafe
cd /backup/esafe
put *.tar.gz

These commands create the necessary tar.gz backup file and copies this file to the FTP server. The last step is configuring the crontab to execute the command daily at 05:00 AM.


# Backup eSafe configuration
# Backup is copied via FTP to Management server
0 5 * * * bash /var/esafe/

I guess the script couldn’t be more easy, but it works perfectly (for me).

When running the build in backup command (/opt/eSafe/esgapi –-createbackup) eSafe looks in the file /opt/eSafe/backup.list to determine the files to backup. You could decide to extend this list with the location of the Anti-Spam & URL filtering database (/opt/eSafe/eSafeCR/ConfigFilter/ofdb/*.fdb). This saves some downloading time when restoring an eSafe appliance.

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René Jorissen

Co-owner and Solution Specialist at 4IP Solutions
René Jorissen works as Solution Specialist for 4IP in the Netherlands. Network Infrastructures are the primary focus. René works with equipment of multiple vendors, like Cisco, Aruba Networks, FortiNet, HP Networking, Juniper Networks, RSA SecurID, AeroHive, Microsoft and many more. René is Aruba Certified Edge Expert (ACEX #26), Aruba Certified Mobility Expert (ACMX #438), Aruba Certified ClearPass Expert (ACCX #725), Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX #760), CCNP R&S, FCNSP and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEF) certified. You can follow René on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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