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Administration Tool Setup

Administration Tool can be of great help when deploying SafePSTBackup on multiple machines. It provides real-time monitoring and backup management of multiple SafePSTBackup clients and it all can be done from a single workstation.

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For this tutorial we will cover:

  • Preparation - acquiring servers IP address
  • Preparation - acquiring servers hostname
  • Preparation - adjusting inbound firewall rules
  • Monitoring Service Module installation
  • Administration Tool installation and setup
  • SafePSTBackup client config setup

Preparation - acquiring servers IP address

Step 1. Right-click the Windows Start button and select the Run option.

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Step 2. In the Run window type in cmd and click the OK button.

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Step 3. In the command prompt window type in the command: ipconfig and hit Enter button.

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Step 4. A Windows IP Configuration will appear in the cmd window. Locate the Ethernet adapter Ethernet section and IPv4 Address. Write down the IP address for it to be used later.

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Preparation - acquiring servers hostname

This is an optional step for those users who may be using dynamic IPs and prefer to use a Hostname instead of an IPv4 address.

Step 1. Right-click the Windows Start button and select the Run option.

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Step 2. In the Run window type in cmd and click the OK button.

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Step 3. In the command prompt window type in the command: hostname and hit Enter button.

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The hostname of your server will show up, write it down for later usage.

Preparation - adjusting inbound firewall rules

In most cases, there will be a need to adjust your firewall rules a bit to allow incoming traffic through a certain port so that SafePSTBackup client machines would be able to successfully send data to the monitoring service.

Step 1. Click the Windows Start button and type in Control Panel. Then click on the Control Panel option.

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Step 2. In the Control Panel window type in firewall in the search field then click on the Windows Defender Firewall option.

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Step3. In the Windows Defender Firewall window, choose the Advanced settings on the left side. 

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Step 4. In the Advanced Security window select the Inbound Rules option on the left and click New Rule... option on the right.

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Step 5. In the New Inbound Rule Wizard select the Port option and click Next.

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Step 6. In the 2nd window select TCP option and Specific local ports: option, input 16501 port number and click Next.

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Step 7. In the 3rd window, select Allow the connection option and click Next.

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Step 8. In the 4th window, apply the rule to all 3 options and click Next.

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Step 9. Give your new rule a name and click Finish.

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Monitoring Service module installation

Step 1. Download the latest admin tool and monitoring service package. Inside the zip file you will find both setup files, an admin guide, and a couple of config samples and parameters you can use. Extract the .zip file.

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Step 2. Run the spb_monitoringm_service_setup.exe file and follow the setup wizard.

Step 3. In the middle of the installation process, you will be asked to input the Host IP Address and Port. Use your server's IP address or hostname you acquired earlier and you can leave the default port. Then finish the installation process.

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Administration Tool installation and setup

Step 1. In the extracted .zip file, launch the spb_monitoringm_admintool_setup.exe file and follow the setup wizard.

Step 2. Launch the application, and in the top menu click on Services > Service Connections.

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Step 3. In the Settings window click Add Server... button.

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Step 4. In the Add Server window input your server's IP address or hostname and a name for the server.

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Step 5. If everything up to this point was done right, you will get a successful connection popup.

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Click the OK button to close the popup and then click OK button in the Settings window.

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SafePSTBackup Client config setup

Now that you got your monitoring service and admin tool installed and set up, you can start adding SafePSTBackup clients to the monitoring service so they would start appearing in the admin tool. SafePSTBackup needs to be installed in each machine and its config file adjusted with proper parameters so that it would start sending its status to the monitoring service.

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Step 1. Install SafePSTBackup application.

Step 2. Launch the application and set the basic parameters: destination and schedule. Then right-click SafePSTBackup's icon in the system tray and exit the application.

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Step 3. Right-click the Windows Start button and select the Run option.

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Step 4. In the Run window type in %appdata%\4Team\SafePSTBackup\Settings and click the OK button.

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Step 5. Open the Settings.config file in Notepad.

Step 6. In the Settings.config file, under the </Profile>, add the following parameters:

<ServiceHost>your servers ip address or hostname</ServiceHost>

<ServicePort>16501</ServicePort>

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Then save the config file and close. 

Launch SafePSTBackup and then check Admin Tool. Your workstation will appear in the list.

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Once you finish fine-tuning your config file, you can then distribute it to other SPB clients or use a central-config file stored somewhere in your server and make all SPB clients address it.

 Tips:

  • Follow the steps to the letter, make sure to use the correct IP address or correct hostname.
  • If you get in trouble along the way, be sure to visit our chat support.

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