Step 1: Installation Configuration
Double click on the "exe" file that you downloaded from Pensamos Digital, Inc. This will start a standard installation wizard that will guide you through the installation process.
After the wizard shows you the license agreement, you will need to configure which files and folders you want to backup and which machines you want to share backups with. This is described in the configuration section below:
- Select a directory for installation.
- Change to the selected directory and extract the archive that you downloaded using a command such as "
tar xvfz MagicMirrorBackup.tar.gz" (note: the name of the file that you downloaded will be slightly different since it will contain a version number).
- Verify that you have Java(R) version 1.4.1 or higher installed on your system. You can issue the command "
java -version" to see if you have Java in your path and what the version number is. If you have Java version 1.4.1 or higher installed on your system, but it is not in your path, or if you would like to specify an alternative Java installation, you can specify which Java installation Magic Mirror Backup should use by creating a symlink to the "java" binary in your
MagicMirrorBackup/lib/bin/directory (this is explained further in the file
If you do not have Java installed, you can download either the J2SE SDK or J2SE JRE from http://java.sun.com/j2se/downloads.html. The JRE allows you to run Java code and the SDK allows you to both run and develop Java code.
- Add the script
MagicMirrorBackup/bin/MagicMirrorBackup-startto the list of commands that is run when you log in to an X session and terminated when you log out. The mechanism for doing this may differ depending on your X configuration, your window manager, and your desktop environment. Please consult your Linux distribution's documentation for further details (there are also some tips for doing this at http://www.mandrakeforum.com/print.php?sid=2238). To illustrate, here is how you would set up Magic Mirror Backup to start with your X session if you were using the default installs of Gnome or KDE in Red Hat Linux 7.3 (please adapt these examples for your particular installation):
Gnome (in Red Hat Linux 7.3)
- Open the Gnome Session Manager. This can be located in the main menu under Programs >> Settings >> Session >> Session Properties & Startup Programs
- Within the Session Manager, click on the Startup Programs tab.
- Within the Non-session-managed Startup Programs section, click on the Add button.
- Locate your installed copy of
KDE (in Red Hat Linux 7.3)
Make a symbolic link pointing to the program within your KDE Autostart directory. Here's an example of how to do this:
ln -s ~/MagicMirrorBackup/bin/MagicMirrorBackup-admin ~/.kde/Autostart/
- Run the script
MagicMirrorBackup/bin/MagicMirrorBackup-admin- for example, this could be accomplished (depending on where you have installed it) using the command:
- At this point you will be shown the license agreement and asked to accept or reject it. After you have accepted the license agreement, you will need to configure which files and folders you want to backup and which machines you want to share backups with. This is described in the configuration section below:
Magic Mirror Backup works by copying the files and folders on your computer to other computers within your office. In exchange, these other computers also copy their own files onto your computer. During the configuration of Magic Mirror Backup, you will need to specify which computers you want to share backups with and which files from your computer you wish to have backed up.
The way you configure the first computer you install Magic Mirror Backup on will be different from the way you configure subsequent computers. During the configuration process, you will be asked whether you have already installed Magic Mirror Backup on another computer. For the first computer in your office that the software is installed on, you should answer "No" to this question because there are not yet any other computers up and running which you want to share backups with.
For all subsequent installations of Magic Mirror Backup on computers that you want to be able to share backups with each other, you should answer "Yes" to this question. You will then be prompted for a "Setup Code". The Setup Code provides the information that the setup wizard needs in order to find the other computers that you wish to share backups with. You can get a Setup Code by opening the Magic Mirror Backup administrative console on any one of the computers that you want to share backups with and selecting the Get Setup Code option from the menu labeled Special (be sure to leave the window with the Setup code open on the computer where the software is already installed until the software is completely installed on the new computer).
The other essential thing that needs to be configured is the list of files and folders that you wish to have backed up on a regular basis. Within the Magic Mirror Backup administrative console (which you will be shown at the end of configuration), you will see four tabs, one of which is labeled Files. Click on the Files tab and use the tree to indicate which files and folder you wish to backup. You can mark an item for backup by clicking on it in the tree and selecting Yes in the right-hand panel. When selecting files and folders to back up, be sure to take into consideration the disk space that is available on the other computers (e.g., you might want to limit the number of backed up files so as not to consume too much storage space on the other computers).