Installing a Bareos Client
When installing a Bareos client, you should choose the same release as on the Bareos server.
The package bareos-client is a meta-package. Installing it will also install the bareos-filedaemon, bareos-bconsole and suggests the installation of the bareos-traymonitor.
If you prefer to install just the backup client, it is sufficient to only install the package bareos-filedaemon.
After installing the client, please read the chapter Adding a Client about how to configurre the client.
Installing a Bareos Client on Linux Distributions
The installation of a Bareos client on a Linux (and FreeBSD) system is identical as described for Bareos server installations.
Just install the package bareos-filedaemon or bareos-client (bareos-filedaemon, bareos-bconsole and bareos-traymonitor) instead of the meta-package bareos.
If there is no specific Bareos repository for your Linux distribution, consider using the Installing the Bareos Universal Linux Client instead.
Installing the Bareos Universal Linux Client
The Bareos project provides packages for the current releases of all major Linux distributions. In order to support even more platforms Bareos Version >= 21.0.0 provides the so called Universal Linux Client (ULC).
The Universal Linux Client is a Bareos File Daemon, built in a way to have minimal dependencies to other libraries.
The Universal Linux Client depends on the OpenSSL library of the host in order to utilize security updates for this library.
It incorporates all functionality for normal backup and restore operations, however it has only limited plugin support.
Currently it is provided as a Debian package. However, it is planed to provide it also in other formats.
The ULC have extra repositories, their names starting with ULC_ (e.g. ULC_deb_OpenSSL_1.1) at https://download.bareos.com/bareos/release/ and https://download.bareos.org/current/. There will be different repositories depending on packaging standard and remaining dependencies. These repositories contain the bareos-universal-client package and sometimes their corresponding debug package. You can either add the repository to your system or only download and install the package file.
One of ULC’s goals is to support new platforms for which native packages are not yet available. As soon as native packages are available, their repository can be added and on an update the ULC package will be seamlessly replaced by the normal Bareos File Daemon package. No change to the Bareos configuration is required.
While ULC packages are designed to run on as many Linux platforms as possible, they should only be used if this platform is not directly supported by the Bareos project. When available, native packages should be preferred.
Single package installation
Repository based installation
Minimal dependencies to system libraries (except OpenSSL)
Uses host OpenSSL library
Replaceable by the normal Bareos File Daemon. No configuration change required.
Installing a Bareos Client on FreeBSD
Installing the Bareos client is very similar to Install on FreeBSD based Distributions.
matching the requested Bareos release
and the distribution of the target system
from https://download.bareos.org/ or https://download.bareos.com/
and execute it on the target system:
root@host:~# sh ./add_bareos_repositories.sh
root@host:~# pkg install --yes bareos.com-filedaemon
## enable services
root@host:~# sysrc bareosfd_enable=YES
## start services
root@host:~# service bareos-fd start
Installing a Bareos Client on Oracle Solaris
The Bareos File Daemon is available as IPS (Image Packaging System) packages for Oracle Solaris 11.4.
First, download the Solaris package to the local disk and add the package as publisher bareos:
root@solaris114:~# pkg set-publisher -p bareos-fd-<version>.p5p bareos
Added publisher(s): bareos
Then, install the filedaemon with pkg install:
root@solaris114:~# pkg install bareos-fd
Packages to install: 1
Services to change: 1
Create boot environment: No
Create backup boot environment: No
DOWNLOAD PKGS FILES XFER (MB) SPEED
Completed 1/1 44/44 1.0/1.0 4.8M/s
Installing new actions 94/94
Updating package state database Done
Updating package cache 0/0
Updating image state Done
Creating fast lookup database working |
After installation, check the bareos-fd service status with svcs bareos-fd:
root@solaris114:~# svcs bareos-fd
STATE STIME FMRI
online 16:16:14 svc:/bareos-fd:default
Finish the installation by adapting the configuration in
/usr/local/etc/bareos and restart the
service with svcadm restart bareos-fd:
root@solaris114:~# svcadm restart bareos-fd
The Bareos File Daemon service on solaris is now ready for use.
Installing a Bareos Client on Mac OS X
Bareos for MacOS X is available either
However, you have to choose upfront, which client you want to use. Otherwise conflicts do occur.
Both packages contain the Bareos File Daemon and bconsole.
Installing the Bareos Client as PKG
The Bareos installer package for Mac OS X contains the Bareos File Daemon for Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
On your local Mac, you must be an admin user. The main user is an admin user.
Find the .pkg you just downloaded. Install the .pkg by holding the CTRL key, left-clicking the installer and choosing “open”.
Follow the directions given to you and finish the installation.
To make use of your Bareos File Daemon on your system, it is required to configure the Bareos Director and the local Bareos File Daemon.
Configure the server-side by follow the instructions at Adding a Client.
After configuring the server-side you can either transfer the necessary configuration file using following command or configure the client locally.
Option 1: Copy the director resource from the Bareos Director to the Client
Assuming your client has the DNS entry client2.example.com and has been added to Bareos Director as
scp /etc/bareos/bareos-dir-export/client/client2-fd/bareos-fd.d/director/bareos-dir.conf email@example.com:/usr/local/etc/bareos/bareos-fd.d/director/
This differs in so far, as on Linux the configuration files are located under
/etc/bareos/, while on MacOS they are located at
Option 2: Edit the director resource on the Client
Alternatively, you can edit the file
This can be done by right-clicking the finder icon in your task bar, select “Go to folder …” and paste
bareos-dir.conf file and open it.
Alternatively you can also call following command on the command console:
open -t /usr/local/etc/bareos/bareos-fd.d/director/bareos-dir.conf
The file should look similar to this:
Name = bareos-dir
Password = "SOME_RANDOM_PASSWORD"
Description = "Allow the configured Director to access this file daemon."
Set this client-side password to the same value as given on the server-side.
The configuration file contains passwords and therefore must not be accessible for any users except admin users.
Restart bareos-fd after changing the configuration
The bareos-fd must be restarted to reread its configuration:
sudo launchctl stop org.bareos.bareos-fd
sudo launchctl start org.bareos.bareos-fd
Verify that the Bareos File Daemon is working
Open the bconsole on your Bareos Director and check the status of the client with
In case, the client does not react, following command are useful the check the status:
# check if bareos-fd is started by system:
sudo launchctl list org.bareos.bareos-fd
# get process id (PID) of bareos-fd
# show files opened by bareos-fd
sudo lsof -p `pgrep bareos-fd`
# check what process is listening on the |fd| port
sudo lsof -n -iTCP:9102 | grep LISTEN
You can also manually start bareos-fd in debug mode by:
sudo /usr/local/sbin/bareos-fd -f -d 100
Installing a Bareos Client on Windows
See Windows Installation.