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Regular Installation of the Backup Manager

System administrators can quickly install the Backup Manager on multiple machines. This feature was previously named automatic deployment. It automates the operations for device creation, installation and – optionally – setup.

A single executable file is good for an unlimited number of installations for the specified customer

Regular installation is available on Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems

Silent installation vs. Regular installation

Two installation methods available are:

  1. Regular installation – lets you install multiple devices simultaneously
  2. Silent installation – lets you install one device at a time (just like the setup wizard)

Please see the table below for the differences between these options.

Regular InstallationSilent installation
Supported versions

All Windows, macOS and Linux on which Backup Manager works (full list)

All Windows, macOS and Linux on which Backup Manager works (full list)
Feature availabilityOnly resellers and end-customersAll types of partners
Number of installationsMultiple devices simultaneouslyOne device at a time
Details required for installation

Installation command (generated automatically)

  1. Device name
  2. Device password
  3. security code/encryption key

Requirements

  • SuperUser account is required at the reseller or end-customer level.

    Please request assistance from your service provider if your access permissions are insufficient.

  • The Automatic Deployment option must be enabled at the customer level. See Enable Automatic Deployment for further details.

Instructions

Adding devices for installation:

  1. Log in to the Console under a SuperUser account belonging to a reseller or end-customer.
  2. Click Add, select Servers of Workstations.
  3. Select the partner to install the device for from the dropdown.
  4. Select the operating system for the device.
  5. Choose the Installation type of InstallationBackup Professional for the automatic-deployment installation.

    This will only be an option if Automatic Deployment has been enabled at the Customer.

  6. Select a backup profile (optional).

    Backup profiles let you configure multiple devices for backup simultaneously (learn more).

  7. Click next.
  8. Download the installation package from the download link and take a note of the installation package name.
  9. Do not change the installation package name from the one provided on your dialog. This is because the package name is a unique identifier for the specific customer and doing so would stop the installation from functioning appropriately.

  10. Copy the device details to clipboard.
  11. Run the Installation package on the device where the backup is required
  12. If the installer does not run after downloading, check the file has not been renamed by your system and check properties of the install file to ensure that it has not been blocked by your system upon download. Attempt to run as the Administrator on the device.

Ways to run the installation package:

  • Double-click on the installer executable
  • Submit the name of the installer to a terminal emulator or a software distribution system. For example: demobm#a55x00rf-d604-429e-lf87-n800004e755#5038#.exe

Please note, the installer name will be specific to you.

Windows Only

On Windows devices you can run the installation command as-is or, optionally, you can add additional parameters to it if required.

Parameters

Required parameters

ParameterDescriptionSupported values
-unattended-modeThis flag activates the regular installation feature. It also prevents the Backup Manager from starting automatically after the installation.N/A (enter the parameter as is)
-partner-uid

This is a unique ID generated for the partner (required for authorization).

You can regenerate the UID as often as necessary. This will not affect any of the previous installations.

Text (copied from the management console)
-unattended-mode-partner-uid (legacy)This is the parameter used instead of -partner-uid prior to the May 2017 release. It is still supported and can be used in the same way as -partner-uid.Text (copied from the management console)

Proxy settings (optional)

ParameterDescriptionSupported values
-use-proxyThis setting prompts the Backup Manager to connect to the Internet through a proxy server.
  • 1 (use a proxy connection)
  • 0 (do not use a proxy connection) – default
-proxy-typeThe type of the proxy server
  • 0 – HTTP
  • 1 – SOCKS4
  • 2 – SOCKS5
-proxy-addressThe host name or IP address of the proxy serverIP address or host name, for example 192.188.33.55 or some.server.com
-proxy-portThe port number of the proxy serverNumber (0 by default)
-use-proxy-authorizationPrompts the Backup Manager that the proxy requires authorization by username.
  • 1 – the proxy requires authorization
  • 0 – the proxy does not require authorization (default)
-proxy-usernameA username for access to the proxy serverText, for example domain\username or username
-proxy-passwordA password for access to the proxy serverText

Misc. optional parameters

ParameterDescriptionSupported values
-profile-nameThe name of the backup profile you want to assign to the new device(s). This setting lets you configure devices for backup during installation.Text
-profile-id

The ID of the backup profile you want to assign to the new device(s). To use the parameter, you need Backup Manager installer version 17.4 or later.

Profile IDs are generated automatically when the automatic deployment is enabled. You can use the profile ID and profile name interchangeably.

Number (copied from the management console)
-product-name

The name of the product to assign to the new device(s).

To use the parameter, you need Backup Manager installer version 17.4 or later.

Text (copied from the Console)
-storage-idThe ID of the storage pool used for the device(s).Number (automatically inserted during the executable creation)