Automating backups for switch configs via ftp using psftp

I downloaded the script below, and although it states the files are downloaded they do not. The problem seems to be with the passing of the credentials. I’m new to PowerShell, so I have no idea what to do. I really need to get this backup thing going.

The script

Import-Module psftp
#---- Configurable variables ---------

$folderPath = "C:\switchConfigs"
Write-Host "folderPath = $folderPath"
$ftpServer = ""
Write-Host "ftpServer = $ftpServer"
$ftpFolder = "/"
Write-Host "ftpFolder = $ftpFolder"
Write-Host "---------------------------------"

#---- empty folder $folderPath --------
Write-Host "Cleanning $folderPath"
Remove-Tree $folderPath
MkDir $folderPath 
MkDir "$folderPath\Logs" 
Invoke-Expression "explorer '/select,$folderPath'" 
Write-Host "---------------------------------"
Write-Host "Please check $folderPath exist"
#---- download files from ftp --------
Write-Host "Accesing FTP server"
$ftp, $response, $stream, $reader = $null
#Get ftp credentials.
$ftp = [System.Net.FtpWebRequest]::Create("ftp://$ftpServer$ftpFolder")
$ftp.Credentials = get-credential

#Get a directory listing.
Write-Host "Accesing FTP server - Get a directory listing."
$ftp.Method = [System.Net.WebRequestMethods+Ftp]::ListDirectory
$ftp.UseBinary = $true
$ftp.UsePassive = $true
$ftp.KeepAlive = $false
$response = $ftp.GetResponse()
$stream = $response.GetResponseStream()
$reader = New-Object io.StreamReader($stream)
$FTPFilereader = $reader.ReadToEnd()

$ftpCredentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential
Set-FTPConnection -Server $ftpServer -Credentials $ftp.Credentials -UseBinary -UsePassive
#download all files
Write-Host "Accesing FTP server - Downloading $folderPath..."

$FTPFiles = $FTPFilereader.split([environment]::NewLine)
foreach ($FTPFile in $FTPFiles ){
if ($FTPFile){
$FTPFilePath = "$ftpFolder$FTPFile"
Write-Host "Downloading $FTPFilePath .. "
Get-FTPItem -path $FTPFilePath -localpath $folderPath -Verbose
Write-Host "-------------"
Write-Host "Finished Downloading Files . .. "
Write-Host "---------------------------------"
Write-Host "---------------------------------"
#---- open downloaded folder --------
Invoke-Expression "explorer '/select,$folderPath'" 
Write-Host "---------------------------------"
Write-Host "Please check $folderPath has the files"
Write-Host "---------------------------------"

			The result

PS H:\> c:

PS C:\> \\admin-ds\users shared folders\XXXXXXX\MyScripts\ftpDownloadWithPotential.ps1
folderPath = C:\switchConfigs
ftpServer =
ftpFolder = /
Cleanning C:\switchConfigs
Remove-Tree : The term 'Remove-Tree' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the 
spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
At \\admin-ds\users shared folders\XXXXXXX\MyScripts\ftpDownloadWithPotential.ps1:18 char:1
+ Remove-Tree $folderPath
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (Remove-Tree:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException
MkDir : An item with the specified name C:\switchConfigs already exists.
At \\admin-ds\users shared folders\XXXXXXX\MyScripts\ftpDownloadWithPotential.ps1:19 char:1
+ MkDir $folderPath
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ResourceExists: (C:\switchConfigs:String) [New-Item], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DirectoryExist,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.NewItemCommand
MkDir : An item with the specified name C:\switchConfigs\Logs already exists.
At \\admin-ds\users shared folders\XXXXXXX\MyScripts\ftpDownloadWithPotential.ps1:20 char:1
+ MkDir "$folderPath\Logs"
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ResourceExists: (C:\switchConfigs\Logs:String) [New-Item], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DirectoryExist,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.NewItemCommand
Please check C:\switchConfigs exist
Press Enter to continue...: 
Accesing FTP server
cmdlet Get-Credential at command pipeline position 1
Supply values for the following parameters:
Accesing FTP server - Get a directory listing.
Get-Credential : Cannot process argument transformation on parameter 'Credential'. userName
At \\admin-ds\users shared folders\XXXXXXX\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\psftp\Set-FTPConnection.ps1:73 char:34
+             $Credentials = Get-Credential $Credentials
+                                           ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Get-Credential], ParameterBindingArgumentTransformationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentTransformationError,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetCredentialCommand

ContentLength           : -1
Headers                 : {}
SupportsHeaders         : True
ResponseUri             :
StatusCode              : ClosingData
StatusDescription       : 226 ASCII Transfer complete.
LastModified            : 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
BannerMessage           : 220 FTP Server
WelcomeMessage          : 230 User admin logged in.
ExitMessage             : 221 Goodbye.
IsFromCache             : False
IsMutuallyAuthenticated : False
ContentType             : 

Accesing FTP server - Downloading C:\switchConfigs...
Downloading / .. 
VERBOSE: Performing the operation "Download item: ''" on target "".
Downloading /startup-config .. 
VERBOSE: Performing the operation "Download item: ''" on target "".
Downloading /startup-config.bak .. 
VERBOSE: Performing the operation "Download item: ''" on target "".
Finished Downloading Files . ..

Please check C:\switchConfigs has the files
Press Enter to continue...: 

PS C:\> 

So, assuming you’re referring to the FTP credentials, this really isn’t PowerShell per se. I realize it’s written in PowerShell, but it’s really using low-level .NET classes, same as could be done in VB or C#. But the code looks correct to me - the problem is likely something in the interaction with your switch or its configuration. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can really give you any pointers without access to your environment for troubleshooting.

Thanks for your time. I can do this with wget, but it requires multiple steps. The switches are adtran switches. AOS is not very complicated, and the switches are running an ftp server. The other down side to wget is that the creds need to be in the file.

Can you maybe point me to a very basic powershell script that would be able to complete the ftp download (even if I have to put the creds in the script, so I can maybe figure out how to make it work for this purpose ?

The wget example: wget -r -N ftp://backup:PASSWORD@ I just have a series of these in a file, and paste them in a command prompt, so i don’t have to run them all separately. It would be nice to automate the backup of the switch configs so I can run them as a scheduled task.

Thanks again,

PowerShell doesn’t have a native FTP function, so there really isn’t a simple script. You could go down the .NET path, which is what your script has done, or you could find a 3rd-party FTP-specific command set. I’m a huge fan of Netcmdlets (, for example. Or see

But… if you’re wanting to run this as a scheduled task, you’re still going to have to store the password in a file someplace. PowerShell doesn’t eliminate that need. So you’re going to be in the same bucket regardless, no? Get-Credential is always going to want to visually prompt for a password.

Thank you for your patience with me. I will check out the links. I bet they will help me through the learning curve.