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My web server was messed up and the host only has a 1 night archive. It took me a day to find the problem so my backup is no help.

In order to avoid this in the future I am going to do a nightly backup, but I need a recommendation of some free software to run on windows that will do a backup via ftp.

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a batch file running as a scheduled task will do this for you:

rem ### get files from a remote folder

> echo o
>> echo <user>
>> echo <pass>
>> echo cd /folder/
>> echo prompt
>> echo mget *
>> echo bye 

if you need something more than this then your needs are probably more specific, in which case more detail on your question wouldn't hurt :)

if you want to use this in a 'push' scenario on the server with the backups then just swap mget with mput

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Cobian Backup does what you want. It support Full/Incremental/Differential backups, keeping multiple timestamped copies, destinations that can be Local/Samba/FTP, full logging (with the option to email the log to you after backups), and encryption (because FTP isn't secure).

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It's not being supported anymore but i use Restore from

does sftp, ftp, SAMBA and mysql backups along with revisions / schedules

can delegate to users etc and all is done via web UI :)

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