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I want to back up the contents of one of my servers to a local folder.

The server has a FTPS service set up and running (regular FTP is not an option). I want to copy the contents of the FTP into a local folder on my windows 2003 machine running at home on a weekly basis.

I really dont need to keep a historical record of removed files so if a file is removed on the FTP server it should also be removed in the backup at next sync.

So my question is: What is the best way to keep a local copy of an FTPS server.

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You will need to expose some kind of network service on the backup target server. FTP, SFTP, FTPS, SSH, VPN... something. Access that service from the backup source. For example, mount the remote SFTP service as a network drive using a third party tool like WebDrive. Or, if you set up a VPN connection to the backup target, connect to the VPN and then mount a CIFS share across the VPN. Then use Robocopy with the /mir option (among others) to copy your directories across.

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Know of any free alternatives to WebDrive? It costs 70USD. –  Jens Berfenfeldt Jul 4 '13 at 18:58
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You will need a third party software to do the job, there's this nice free tool I heard about but never got the chance to use: http://www.ipswitchft.com/products/moveitFreely/index.aspx

If you prefer something with a GUI, here's another one: http://www.iperiusbackup.com/ftp-backup.aspx


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IperiousBackup only seems to be able to send backups from the computer it is running on to a FTPS server, it dosent seem to be able to take backups of an FTPS. Trying out MoveItFreely now ;) –  Jens Berfenfeldt Jul 4 '13 at 19:01
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