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How to Backup an IMAP Account using Commander

 

Beyond Inbox Commander: A Command Line Tool to Facilitate the Backup of email through Commander.

Beyond Inbox Commander is a command line tool to run the backup process of email through commander. It helps you to Schedule and Automate backup feature. Automation for Beyond Inbox means that the scheduled operations will be carried on automatically as per the configured action in scheduler. You can create the configuration file manually in taking a backup of email and sending report of Backup process. When backup process is completed, the report will be sent to the specified email account in a formatted manner.

Activate Beyond Inbox Commander:

In order to run commander for processing you must activate it. Activation requires a valid email id and activation key. Follow the steps described at page- How to activate Beyond Inbox Commander .

How to configure manually to backup email:

After activating commander, open BeyondInbox.xml from config folder and you will find it with default tags-

 

 

Follow these steps to configure it for backup operation and update the following configurations:

  1. <ImapConfig DisplayName= "imapprofilename" Name=" UniqueName ">- Enter a name by which you can access this profile in place of imapprofilename .
  2. <EmailId> example@example.com </EmailId> - Enter your email id in place of example@example.com.  You can give the email account of Gmail, AOL, or Gmx mail server.
  3. <Password> PlainText:Password </Password> and <CommanderPwd> PlainText:Password </CommanderPwd>- Provide the password of the email id in place of Password text and leave PlainText: as it is.
  4. <ImapServer> example.imapserver.com </ImapServer> - Enter your IMAP server.
    For Gmail- imap.gmail.com , for AOL- imap.aol.com , for GMX- imap.gmx.com .
  5. Leave other tags of ImapConfig as it is.

Follow these steps in sending summary of backup operations to email account-

  1. <SMTPServerConfig DisplayName= "smtpprofilename" Name=" UniqueName " Status= "ON" > - Enter a name by which you can access this profile in place of smtpprofilename .
  2. <From> example@example.com </From> - Enter your email id in place of example@example.com to which you want to send the status mail.
  3. <Password> PlainText:Password </Password> - Enter the password of email id in place of Password text and leave PlainText: as it is.
  4. <Port> 25 /Port> - Enter port number of you mail server in place of 25 .
  5. <To> example1@example.com </To> <Cc> example2@example.com </Cc> <Bcc> example3@example.com </Bcc> - Enter email ids in To, Cc, Bcc tag whom to you want to send backup report.
  6. <ServerName> example.server.com </ServerName> - Enter your SMTP server for Gmail enter- smtp.gmail.com .
  7. Now save your configuration and close it.

Commands to run a backup with commander:

Windows OS:
BeyondInboxCommander.exe -action:backup -imapprofilename: <Profile DisplayName is saved in any IMAP configuration> [-emailprofile: <Profile Name is saved in any SMTPServer configuration> ]

Linux OS:
sh BeyondInboxCommander-jre.sh -action:backup -imapprofilename: <Profile DisplayName is saved in any IMAP configuration> [-emailprofile: <Profile Name is saved in any SMTPServer configuration> ]

Mac OS:
java -jar BeyondInboxCommander.jar -action:backup -imapprofilename: <Profile DisplayName is saved in any IMAP configuration> [-emailprofile: <Profile Name is saved in any SMTPServer configuration> ]

NOTE:
  • You can create multiple Imap profiles to take a backup using beyond Inbox Commander.
    • Steps to create multiple Imap profiles:
      - Copy-Paste complete <ImapConfig-.... >........ </ ImapConfig > tag.
      - Give unique DisplayName and Name for it.
      - Fill in your details like Email, Password, Imapserver, etc for backup.
  • On Linux you can open terminal at  Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal.
  • To get the report of the complete backup operation, you need to specify –emailprofile as its third argument. It is an optional argument.

Advantages with Beyond Inbox Commander:

  1. Schedule & Automate Backup. With Beyond Inbox Commander, you don't even need to start your backup process manually. You just need to schedule it with specific Imap Profile and commander will start it automatically on scheduled time.
  2. Send backup report through mail after completion of backup. Best thing is that you get a mail, giving the report of your scheduled backup.

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