Mass Deployment of Backup2Go Clients on Macs
Posted by Sven Koester on 31 December 2009 9:22
Deploying B2GO is pretty straightforward:
Use ARD to push the workstation installer package to all your Macs. Then simply on  each workstation execute the following Unix command:
/usr/local/aw/bin/nsdchat -c Server configure host port user pass [templateid]
host             is the IP address or domain name of your backup server
user             is the username of an user that you would like to use for backup
pass             is the users password
templateid is the B2GO template ID (if the template ID is omitted, the generic template is used).

The above user need not be administator. It just needs to be a known user on the Backup2Go server.
The workstation uses this user/pass to authenticate at the server (and for nothing else).
Once every machine executed the above command, the setup is complete.
The ARD can also be used to automate this task. Just select all the workstations and have them all run that command above. 


This command can also be used to update username and password on the workstations in case the account data on the server changed.

Please test the parameters you plan to use in the mass deployment with a workstation via GUI. The process is complex and the command will not pass back detailed error information.

Before issuing the above command, make sure the generic template ( in the Workstation Groups section on the B2G Server) is enabled. The command requires that the template where the Workstation belongs to (the generic template for new workstations) allows the connection.

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