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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.