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Automated eSafe backup

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.

Fully Automated Nagios

A colleague noticed the new developments regarding Nagios. Nagios is an Open Source host, service and network monitoring program. I always had my doubts about Nagios, especially about the manageability of the application.

The installation and configuration of Nagios can be very time consuming. And a lot of customers are “afraid” of using Nagios, because of the manageability. The new developments regarding Nagios could help lessen the burden of installation and manageability. FAN (Fully Automated Nagios) developted an ISO image to easily install Nagios from CD.

FAN stands for “Fully Automated Nagios”. FAN goals are to provide a Nagios installation including most tools provided by the Nagios Community. FAN provides a CDRom image in the standard ISO format, making it easy to easilly install a Nagios server. Added to this, a wide bunch of tools are including to the distribution, in order to improve the user experience around Nagios. Source

I guess I will try the distribution and compare the ISO file with the CactiEZ ISO, which I often use to implement monitoring for switching and routing components.

In my opinion FAN could be the good step to close “my personal” gap between CactiEZ and Nagios.