Creating archives

  • The archive doesn't store the web filter logs that you can see on the Web filter Page and Monitoring user activity pages.
  • To restore the admin user's password, you must restore the Remote Access archive setting, see our help topic, Archives Page.
  • The archive doesn't restore the root user’s password. You must set this by using the command line interface.
  • Archives are downloaded as .tgz files and you must also upload them in the same format.


  1. On the SYSTEM menu, under the Maintenance submenu, click Archives.
  2. Under the Settings section:
    1. From the Profile list, select "Empty" and click Select. Alternatively, to reuse or modify an existing profile, select it from the list and click Select.
    2. In the Profile name box, type a name for your backup. This isn't the name of the archive. Archive files are named <hostname>.<release_level>.<datestamp>.
    3. Enter a descriptive Comment so that you know what this backup is for.
    4. If you intend to use this archive profile in a scheduled backup, select the Automatic backup option.
  3. Under the next Settings section:
    • From the components list, select the ones that you want to archive. Alternatively, if you want to select all the settings, at the top of the table select All ».
      • Settings include:
        • General settings for the Smoothwall Filter and Firewall.
        • Replicable settings, indicated by this icon:, which you can use in a centrally managed Smoothwall Filter and Firewall.
  4. Under the Logs section, from the list of service logs, either select All » or select those services for which you want the archive to store.
    • This is the list of all the services that the squid service generates if it encounters an error. They aren't the logs generated by the service for firewall or web proxy access, or user browsing data.
  5. To create the archive, click Save and back up.

Follow-up tasks

  • To download an archive, in the Archives area, select the archive, click Download and save the archive to disk using the browser's Save as dialog box.
  • To delete an archive, under the Archives section, select the archive and click Delete.
  • To restore and archive, see our help topic, Restoring an archive.