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Scheduled Backups

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This article refers to Barracuda Message Archiver firmware 5.1.1 or higher.

Schedule automated configuration backup to the Barracuda Cloud, FTP/FTPS server, or an SMB share on the Advanced > Backups page in the Barracuda Message Archiver.

Configuration Backup

The configuration includes most global (system-wide) and domain settings including user account information.

Set Up Destination

To set up your backup destinations, go to the Advanced > Backups page, and scroll to the Backup Destination Settings section.

Cloud

Use the Barracuda Cloud for backups:

  1. Enter the login credentials for the account configured on the Advanced > Cloud Control page in the Username / Password fields.
  2. Click Test Configuration to verify connectivity.
  3. Click Save at the top of the page to save your settings.

FTP / FTPS

Use an FTP server for backups; to use FTPS, your FTP server must support FTPS or all connection attempts will fail.

By default, FTP (and FTPS) connections are initiated in passive mode. If your FTP server is also running in passive mode, and you have a firewall between your FTP server and the Barracuda Message Archiver, then your backups may on occasion time out. To resolve this, open a port on your firewall to allow passive-mode FTP connections, and reconfigure your Port number here to match. The port range depends on your FTP server configuration; verify that no other services are using this range of ports. Note that FTPS active mode is not supported.

  1.  Enter the following server details:
    1. Username / Password – Enter a username with write access to the FTP server and associated password.
    2. Server Name/IP – Enter the IP address or fully qualified domain name (FQDN)
    3. Folder/Path – Enter the folder path on the FTP server where the backup files are to be stored.
    4. Port – Enter the port used to connect to the FTP server; port 21 is used by default.
  2. Click Test Configuration to verify connectivity.
  3. Click Save at the top of the page to save your settings.

SMB

Use an SMB (Windows/CIFS) shared drive for backups:

  1. Enter the following share details:

    1. in the Username / Password fields.
    2. Username / Password – Enter the SMB share login credentials.
    3. Server Name/IP – Enter the IP address or FQDN of the system where the share is located.

      For Windows 2003, specify the Windows NetBIOS name of hte system instead of its IP address.

    4. Folder/Path – Enter the folder path on the share where the backup files are to be stored.
    5. Port – Enter the port used to connect to the share.
    6. Use NTLMv2 – Set to Yes if you are backing up a Windows SMB share using the NTLMv2 protocol.

  2. Click Test Configuration to verify connectivity.
  3. Click Save at the top of the page to save your settings.

Set Up Backup Schedules

Schedule to back up the configuration daily, weekly, at different times of the day, or not at all. Note that only those destinations fully configured in the Backup Destination Settings section are available.

  1. Select the scheduled backup destination where scheduled backups are to be stored:
    1. Barracuda Cloud
    2. FTP / FTPS server
    3. SMB share
  2. The Backup Schedule section displays configuration.

    Any change to the schedule takes effect immediately.

  3. Select either Daily or a day of the week from the Time of Backup drop-down menu, and specify the time to start the backup.

    The specified time is local to your device; it is based on the Time Zone selected on the BASIC > Administration page. Select Off to disable scheduled backups.

     

  4. Enter the maximum number of backups to keep on the selected destination. When the limit is reached, the oldest backup file is removed to make room for the newest.

  5. The Status section displays the status of the last scheduled backup including the destination, time of backup, and whether it is in progress, completed successfully, or failed.

  6. Click Save at the top of the page to save your settings.

Example 1. Create a Scheduled Backup of the Current Day.

Select Daily as the Time of Backup, and set the time to a value at least 15 minutes later than the current time. In this example, the current system time is 3:15PM.

  1. In the Scheduled Backups section, select the Destination.
  2. Select Daily as the Time of Backup, and select 15:30 as the time.
  3. Click Save.

 

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