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Install tips for Linux platforms

The a5backup rpm package is for Redhat Package Management (rpm) based linux OSs. RPM takes care of resolving all the dependencies of a particular package. The following pointers may help you to install the Backup Client on various platforms without manually editing the scripts.


Fedora, Redhat and CentOS Instructions

1. Install SE

Create an a5backup directory under /usr/share

  • cd /usr/share/
  • mkdir a5backup
  • cd a5backup

Determine if the machine is 64 bit or 32 bit

  • If 64 bit, first download the 64 bit RPM
  • If 32 bit, first download the 32 bit RPM


Install the RPM

  • Copy the supplied RPM file to a local directory.
  • Execute the command rpm –i a5backup-<version>.rpm.
  • Run the command a5backup-gui to open the Backup Client interface.

Note:

  • During the installation process, the installer will verify that Java is installed and the necessary scripts will automatically be modified with the Java install location. The Server Edition daemon will also be installed and started.
  •  To verify that the Server Edition daemon is running, execute /etc/init.d/a5backupd status from a terminal window.
  • To restart or stop the daemon, use the above-mentioned command but replace status with start or stop.
  •  Ensure that you type in the version exactly as it appears in the filename.


3. Create the account

  • sudo a5backup-cli -configure account
  • Follow the prompts.

Note: If installed using CLI, streaming backup is not automatically enabled:

  • To enable from the command line, run:
    – sudo a5backup-cli :settings set backup.minimize.diskusage=true
  • Alternatively, streaming backup can also be enabled using profiling.


3. Configure remote management

  • sudo a5backup-cli -configure remote
  • Follow the prompts, then restart the service.
  • /etc/init.d/a5backupd restart


4. Kick off a test backup

  • a5backup-cli backup -u admin -p password
  • a5backup-cli status -u admin -p password

Now you can do selections using any of the following:

  • The SE GUI
  • The SP Console provided that port 9091 is opened and remote management is enabled
  • Through the command line (see FAQ 230 for details)
  • Alternatively the selection can be set by using profiling.

MEPIS 3.4

* Use the alien command to convert the rpm to a debian package.
* Then use synaptic to install -> no problems at all


Ubuntu

Ubuntu and other Debian based distributions can be installed from the .deb package as follows:


1. Create an a5backup directory under /usr/share

  • cd /usr/share/
  • mkdir a5backup
  • cd a5backup


2. Determine if the machine is 64 bit or 32 bit

  • If 64 bit, first download the 64 bit DEB
  • If 32 bit, first download the 32 bit DEB


3. Install the DEB

  • If 64 bit install
  • If 32 bit install


4. Create the account

  • sudo a5backup-cli -configure account
  • Follow the prompts.

Note: If installed using CLI, streaming backup is not automatically enabled:

  • To enable from the command line, run:
    – sudo a5backup-cli :settings set backup.minimize.diskusage=true
  • Alternatively, streaming backup can also be enabled using profiling.


5. Configure remote management

  • sudo a5backup-cli -configure remote
  • Follow the prompts, then restart the service.
  • /etc/init.d/a5backupd restart


6. Kick off a test backup

  • a5backup-cli backup -u admin -p password
  • a5backup-cli status -u admin -p password

Now you can do selections using any of the following:

  • The SE GUI
  • The SP Console provided that port 9091 is opened and remote management is enabled
  • Alternatively the selection can be set by using profiling.

After installing the client, the backup selection and scheduled backup time need to be set.
If your Linux or Unix machine has a GUI, you can use the redstor backup client GUI to configure these.
Alternatively, you can use Remote Management via the Storage Platform Console to perform the same configuration.

If you have no GUI and Remote Management is not an option, it is easiest to configure the client from command line.

  1. Cd to the installation directory /usr/share/a5backup
  2. To set the scheduled backup time, run the command:
    sudo a5backup-cli :schedule setFor example:
    sudo a5backup-cli :schedule set 19:00
  3. To add a path to the backup selection, run the command:
    sudo a5backup-cli :selection includeFor example:sudo a5backup-cli :selection include /home
  4. To see the other backup selection options run the command:sudo a5backup-cli :selection
  5. The other options allow you to deselect and exclude as you can in the backup GUI.
  6. When you have finished editing the selection, save the selection using:
    sudo a5backup-cli :selection save
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