Backup was the original reason for the writing of the AutoBackup/FTP.
The basic principle is that each backup transfer takes all or selected files in one directory on a computer and copies them to another directory, drive or computer on the network.
The figure shows a typical backup profile.
Features include :-
- A file mask can be used to limit the number of files copied.
- If files are older than a defined Don't Copy Before Date, they are not processed.
- All sub-directories of the main directories can be copied.
The full paths are replicated in the destination directory.
- Extra directories can be added to the destination path, so that cyclic daily or monthly backups can be created.
The simplest is to add Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc. so that each daily backup in a week is unique.
- Techniques can be used to limit the number of files copied during the backup.
Typically this involves flagging directories so they are not copied.
Note that up to thirty different profiles can be defined to setup different transfers.
If you are using different types of transfer, it is a good idea to define them together. For instance, backup transfers in positions 1-10, FTP in 11-20 and zipping in 21-30.