It’s no easy job managing and maintaining the IT infrastructure of an organization. System administrators regularly worry about many different aspects of their IT organization: downtime, server failures, upgrade issues and capacity problems, and more. Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts things can and do go wrong, which is why backups are essential for anyone overseeing a production environment.

In the event you need to reinstall Cerberus FTP Server on a new server or roll-back to a previous configuration, having a backup can save you time and ensure you have your complete data should any issues occur.

Every edition of Cerberus FTP Server supports back-up creation using Tools > Backup Users and Settings.

Enterprise Edition of Cerberus FTP Server takes it one step further, allowing for automatic backups using the Scheduled Task feature in the Event Manager.

In Events > Scheduled Tasks you can create a recurring task to create a backup file of the server configuration.


Scheduled Task In Event Manager


Add the New Task

  1. Go to the Scheduled Tasks page of the Event Manager.
  2. Click the New button. The Add A New Scheduled Task dialog will appear.
  3. In Task Name, give your new task a relevant name. For example, “Server config backup”.
  4. Press the Add New Task button on the Add A New Scheduled Task dialog to save and add the new Scheduled Task. The task will be selected and ready for editing on the Scheduled Tasks page.


Add the Task Schedule

Add a recurring schedule for your new task.

  1. Click the New button under ‘On This Schedule‘.
  2. In Start Date select the date you wish your recurring task to start.
  3. In Repeat Every select the recurring schedule. Available intervals range from minutes to years.
  4. Click Add to save your selected schedule.


Add the Task Action

Add a Launch Server Operation action to have the system write the backup file.

  1. Click the New button under ‘Perform These Actions‘.
  2. In Action select Launch Server Operation.
  3. In Using select Create a backup file of the server configuration.
  4. In Parameter insert the full local file path, including the file name, where you wish to have your backup file written.
  5. Click Add to save your selected Action.


Note, this process will only backup system configuration data and will not backup users files.

For a walkthrough on creating this task watch our video here.