Not even sure if this is the right forum.
I'm a web/database developer in a specific office at a large academic medical center. Our central ITS doesn't give "field" people cpanel access to the webservers, so I can't schedule cron jobs for things like backup of mysql.
Now, they backup for us, but they backup onto tape, which is sketchy on reliability, and it can take days and weeks for restoration since they server the whole institution.
I've been manually dumping to .sql through phpMyAdmin, but what I'd really like to do is automate this.
I'd like to create a php script to do the dump, but somehow call it from a desktop machine or some other remote method. I have my own personal web server for various other things. Is there any way I could schedule from that other server or a desktop PC to call a backup script in that way?