On a previous post I explained how to Automate Ironport commands / scripts from Windows. At the end of the post I suggested configuring the task scheduler to execute a bat script, for example, to save a backup copy of the configuration… So, here we go!

Example 1: Simple configuration backup via email

Assuming all the necessary preparations are made, we should have a folder with the private key and some downloaded tools:

Folder with tools and generated public and private keys to connect to Ironport appliance

So, for example, this simple command forces the delivery of the configuration file to an email recipient:

D:\SCRIPTS\IRONPORT> plink.exe MYIRONPORT -i IRONPORT.ppk -l admin "mailconfig user@domain.com"

By scheduling the execution of this command, every day, or week (whatever you want), a backup of the Ironport would be made:

Scheduling a task to send the Ironport configuration file to email
ArgumentsMYIRONPORT -i IRONPORT.ppk -l admin "mailconfig user@domain.com"

Everytime the task is executed the configuration would be received on our email client…

Ironport ESA configuration file received via email

Example 2: Configuration file backup

In this example, a configuration file backup will be copied to a predefined folder (for example, to a UNC path in a shared folder on our file server).

A batch script is needed in order to get this work. I have called it CONFIG_BACKUP.bat:

Folder with tools and generated public and private keys to connect to Ironport appliance

This is the code:

@echo off

set TODAY_DATE=%date:~-4,4%%date:~-7,2%%date:~-10,2%

plink.exe MYIRONPORT -i IRONPORT.ppk -l admin "saveconfig 3 yes"
pscp -i IRONPORT.ppk admin@MYIRONPORT:/configuration/*%TODAY_DATE%* MYIRONPORT_%TODAY_DATE%.xml

move *.xml %BACKUPS_PATH%\

The only customization is setting the BACKUP_PATH variable for you environment (it can be either a UNC or standard path). The script:
– executes the Ironport "saveconfig 3 yes" command to save a copy of the configuration on the appliance itself
– and then copies it to the defined path.

If executed manually. this would be the ouput:


File written on machine "MYIRONPORT.domain.com" to the location
Configuration saved.
MYIRONPORT_20160719.xml        | 158 kB | 158.9 kB/s | ETA: 00:00:00 | 100%
        1 file(s) moved.

To schedule the execution:

Scheduling a task to backup the Ironport configuration file

Everytime the task is executed, a new configuration file with the date will be added to the configured path:

Ironport configuration file backed up