The fastest way to install the Backup Manager on Windows is through automatic deployment. It automates the following manual operations:

  1. Device creation (prior to installation).

  2. Entering device credentials during installation.

  3. Creating a security code during installation.

The feature is highly useful for system administrators installing the Backup Manager on multiple machines across their offices.

How it works

The installation is performed through the command line. All you need to do is download the Backup Manager and start the installation with your Partner's UID. A single UID works for the unlimited number of installations.

Feature availability

The feature is available to the following types of partners: resellers and end customers. A SuperUser account is required.

Automatic deployment instructions

Step 1: Enable automatic deployment

  1. Log in to the Backup & Disaster Recovery Console under a SuperUser account.

  2. In the vertical menu, click Partner management.

  3. Select the partner you want to enable the automatic deployment for and then click Edit > Automatic deployment.

  4. Select the Automatic deployment feature.

  5. Copy the Partner's UID that has been generated (it will be required for installations).

Step 2: Perform automatic deployment

Here is how to install the Backup Manager using the automatic deployment method.

  1. Run cmd.exe as an administrator.

  2. Download the Backup Manager for Windows.

  3. Run the following command:

mxb-windows-x86_x64.exe -silent -unattended-mode -unattended-mode-partner-uid "Partner_UID"

Please make sure you submit the UID in double quotes. The quotes must be straight (curly quotes copied from mail messages and text documents don't work).

Additionally, you can submit any of the optional parameters that are available for silent installation. For example, you can skip entering backup settings by assigning a predefined backup profile to a device (view the silent installation instruction for details).

Helpful post-installation steps

If you are in charge of a group of backup devices, you can quickly configure them for backups using another helpful feature called Backup profiles.

Re-installing automatically deployed devices

Security codes for automatically deployed devices are generated by the system so nobody knows them. If you ever need to re-install such a device or to install it on an additional computer for restore purposes, you will need a passphrase.

The passphrase is generated upon request and is valid for 24 hours. A SuperUser account is required. The passphrase is for one-time use only. You can use passphrases instead of security codes when necessary (for example, to clean up archived backup sessions or to add a device to the Recovery Console).

Here is how to get a passphrase:

  1. Log in to the Backup & Disaster Recovery Console under a SuperUser account.

  2. Click the name of the device that you need a passphrase for.

  3. In the Device properties dialogue, open the Modification tab.

  4. Click Generate a passphrase and then copy the passphrase.

After that install the Backup Manager in the silent mode or use the set-up wizard. Submit your passphrase instead of the security code. In the silent mode installation, use the -passphrase parameter instead of -encryption-key=.

Parameters for silent installation

To re-install a device that was deployed automatically, three parameters are required:

  1. -user – the name of the device you are re-installing

  2. -password – the password associated with the device name

  3. -passphrase– the passphrase generated through the Backup & Disaster Recovery Console

Additionally, you can submit the -silent parameter to disable warning and error messages during the installation.

Here is an example:

mxb-windows-x86_x64.exe -silent -user "office-win-098" -password 1uy2t525hHa -passphrase "914hahdgf-0000-example"

Please make sure you submit the passphrase in straight double quotes. This applies to any other values having punctuation characters.