How can I backup Acunetix WVS settings in case I need to re-install?

Note: For this FAQ it is assumed that the Acunetix WVS is installed in the default installation directory; C:\Program Files\Acunetix\Web Vulnerability Scanner X (X = version number).

The five things you need to backup in Acunetix WVS, if in use are:

1. Scanner Settings and Custom 404 Pages Rules

File to backup: [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\General\Settings.xml

The file Settings.xml includes all the settings of the scanner, which can be changed directly from the user interface.  There are other settings specified, which cannot be changed from the user interface but directly from the file itself.  A typical user does not need to change such settings.

2. False Positives and Port Scanner Settings

Files to backup: [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\General\FalsePositives.xml and [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\General\Ports.xml

The file FalsePositives.xml includes all the vulnerabilities marked as false positives.  The file Ports.xml includes all the ports settings used from the port scanner.  If no additional ports were added manually, there is no need to backup the Ports.xml file.

3. Login Sequences

Directory to backup: [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\General\LoginSequences/

All recorded login sequences are saved in this directory.

4. URL Rewrite Rules

URL Rewrite rules are not saved in a default location, but the user himself specifies the path where the rules should be saved.

5. Scheduler Settings

File to backup: [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\Scheduler\Config.xml

The file Config.xml includes all the configured scheduled scans and all of their settings.

6. Scanning Profiles and Vulnerability database

Files to backup: [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\Profiles\* and [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\Scripts\*

The sub directory Profiles contains all the scanning profiles and the all the documentation related to the vulnerability description.  All the Acunetix WVS test scripts, even the custom ones are stored in the Data\Scripts sub directory.  Backup the complete Scripts sub directory .

7. Reporting Database

If Microsoft Access database is being used as a reporting database, backup the file vulnscanresults.mdb from the following directory; [Acunetix WVS Installation Path]\Data\Database\.  If the Acunetix WVS reporting database is hosted on a central SQL server, you can use the built-in SQL Server tools to make a backup of the databases.

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