SFTP Plug-in

The plug-in is used to access remote servers through the SSH File Transfer Protocol. It is a configurable plug-in that can be used as a source of data for backup or synchronization, and as a destination for backups.

The file system provided by the plug-in is organized as follows:

  • Top-level folders are SFTP configurations
  • Folders correspond to common folders on the SFTP server. They have no attributes.
  • Files correspond to common files on the SFTP server. Supported attributes: file size, modification time.

To learn about virtual file systems and file and folder attributes, please see Plug-in File Systems.

Using SFTP as Destination

In most cases, the plug-in is used as a target destination for backups.

Selecting the SFTP plug-in as destination

Destination selection is made on the third step of the New Task Wizard (see Select Destination for more details). To select SFTP as a target destination, follow these steps:

  1. In the Storage Destinations pane to the left, select SFTP. The list of configurations appears in the Folder Selection pane to the right.
  2. If you don’t have a configuration for your SFTP server, click New configuration. The Settings dialog appears.
    • In the Settings dialog, fill in the fields, and then click OK. For detailed instructions on creating configurations, please refer to Configurations.
  3. In the Folder Selection pane, expand a top-level folder (configuration) to make the program connect to the respective SFTP server, and then browse for a target folder.
  4. Select a folder of the SFTP server, and then click Next.

Next steps are common for all backup tasks (not specific to the plug-in). To learn more, please see Backup Task.

Using SFTP Plug-in as Data Source

The plug-in can be used not only to store your backups, but also as a source of data. To back up SFTP files and folders, follow these steps:

  1. Open New Task Wizard.
  2. Select Backup Task, and then click Next.
Adding the SFTP plug-in to backup set
  1. In the Data Sources pane to the left, select SFTP, and then click Add. The Select data... dialog opens.
  2. If you don’t yet have a configuration for the SFTP server you want to back up, click New configuration. The Settings dialog appears.
    • In the Settings dialog, fill in server and authorization parameters, and then click OK. For detailed instructions, please refer to Configurations.
  3. Check the boxes next to SFTP files and folders that you want to back up.
  4. When finished the selection, click OK. Selected data appears in the Backup Set pane of the New Task Wizard.

Next steps of New Task Wizard are common for all backup tasks, and are not specific to the plug-in. Please see Backup Task for more details.

Restoring Backups from SFTP

To restore a backup stored on an SFTP server, follow these steps:

  1. Open New Task Wizard.
  2. Select Restore task, and then click Next.
  3. In the Storage Destinations pane to the left, select SFTP. List of your SFTP configurations appears in the Index File Selection pane to the right.
Selecting index file to restore a backup from SFTP
  1. If you don’t have a configuration for the SFTP server where your backups are located, click New configuration. The Settings dialog appears.
    • In the Settings dialog, specify server address, user and password, and then click OK. For detailed instructions, see Configurations.
  2. Browse for the index file (backup.hbi) located in the destination folder on your SFTP server. Select it, and then click Next.

In the next steps of New Task Wizard, you need to verify restoration details, specify different options, and name the task. These steps are common for all restore tasks, and are not specific to the plug-in. For more details, see Restore Task.


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