3CX: 3CX: Easily Secure Your Backups and Recordings with 3CX Update 4 Alpha

backup on sftp ssh with 3CX update 4

Have you noticed the expanded backup and archiving options v16 Update 4 Alpha? If not, then you should know that they now include support for SFTP, Windows Shares and secure FTP (FTPS & FTPES). These new options at a single stroke, empower 3CX admins to better secure their phone system backups and recordings, while making their tasks easier with more popular remote storage targets.

Robust SSH File Transfers

There’s good reason SSH (Secure SHell) is one of the most popular file transfer Internet protocols in use today: it’s secure with cryptographically-sound controls, versatile and widely supported on various platforms. With Update 4 Alpha, you can take advantage of the new SSH support and re-locate your 3CX backups on your own SSH server for security and peace of mind. To move 3CX backups and archived recordings to SFTP, go to either “Backup & Restore” or “Recordings” and:

  1. In “Location”, select “SFTP – SSH File Transfer” in “Location Type”.
  2. Set the path to your SSH server, using an appropriate username and password / OpenSSH key.

In case you need to create an SSH key or convert it to the OpenSSH format, read this guide.

And, if you don’t happen to have an SSH server lying around, don’t worry. Read this how-to and you’re good to go!

Make Use of Windows Shares

Backup on Windows shares with 3CX Update 4

The SMB (Server Message Block) protocol needs no introduction, as it’s the file-sharing protocol of choice for the Windows platform. It has also wide-ranging support on other platforms, from low-end NAS devices and tiny Raspberry Pis, up to Linux and Mac OS servers using Samba. With Update 4 Alpha admins can now conveniently use their existing Windows systems to keep 3CX backups and archived recordings in network file shares.

To do this head on to “Backup and Restore” or “Recordings” and:

  • In “Location”, select “SMB” in “Location Type”.
  • Set the file share path, domain and user credentials.

That’s it, your backups and archived recordings will now be kept on a Windows share.

A quick tip for the road: to keep your 3CX backups in multiple locations for redundancy, you can always use rsync. More on this in an upcoming post, so watch this space.