Automatic deployment of the Backup Manager

System administrators can quickly install the Backup Manager on multiple machines using a software distribution system on Windows. The feature is called the automatic deployment. It automates the operations for device creation, installation and – optionally – setup.

A single command is good for the unlimited number of installations.

Silent installation vs. automatic deployment

Two command-line installation methods are available on Windows:

  1. Automatic deployment – 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.

Automatic deployment Silent installation
Supported Windows version All on which Backup Manager works (full list) All on which Backup Manager works (full list)
Feature availability Only resellers and end-customers All types of groups
Number of installations Multiple devices simultaneously One device at a time
Details required for installation

Installation command (generated automatically)

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

Requirements

A SuperUser account is required. Please request assistance from your service provider if your access permissions are insufficient.

Instructions

Here is how to perform the automatic deployment:

  1. Log in to the Console under a SuperUser account belonging to a reseller or end-customer.
  2. Click Add, select the group to enable the feature for and then click Automatic deployment.
  1. Select a backup profile to configure backups automatically (optional).
  1. Follow the instructions provided at the next step. You can run the installation command as is or add some optional parameters to it.

Parameters

Required parameters

Parameter Description Supported values
-unattended-mode This flag activates the automatic deployment 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 UIDIn the Console, click to edit the group to change the UID for. On the "General" tab, click "Change 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)

Parameter Description Supported values
-use-proxy This 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-type The type of the proxy server
  • 0 – HTTP
  • 1 – SOCKS4
  • 2 – SOCKS5
-proxy-address The host name or IP address of the proxy server IP address or host name, for example 192.188.33.55 or some.server.com
-proxy-port The port number of the proxy server Number (0 by default)
-use-proxy-authorization Prompts the Backup Manager that the proxy requires authorization by username.
  • 1 – the proxy requires authorization
  • 0 – the proxy does not require authorization (default)
-proxy-username A username for access to the proxy server Text, for example domain\username or username
-proxy-password A password for access to the proxy server Text

Misc. optional parameters

Parameter Description Supported values
-profile-name The 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)