Adding a Linux client to bareos
March 10, 2017

Adding a Linux client to bareos

Posted on March 10, 2017  •  2 minutes  • 404 words  •  Suggest Changes

Bareos is really powerful, but also pretty complex. If we take it step by step, we will get stuff up and running soon enough. Let’s start simple by adding a client and setting up a backup job for the configuration of Linux servers (next post). Since I like to run yum-cron its quit common for configuration files to get added or changed. It’s also common for configuration to be made and forgotten about, but during a bare metal recovery of that server, its a great resource to have config files ! So let’s go ahead and back that up.

I was a bit disappointed that configuration can’t be done from the bareos webui, from what I see its more like a status page then a real “UI”. So the only option to configure is through the bconsole and configuration files, and as a “Linux sysadmin” that is even better 🙂

Setting up the bareos client

Let’s start at the client; We need to add the repository to the system. (This is for Centos 7 client)

wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/bareos.repo

After this, you should be able to install the bareos-filedaemon :

yum install bareos-fd

This is the daemon responsible for communicating with the bareos-director on the bareos (backup) server. We need to enable the service to start at boot :

systemctl enable bareos-fd

We also need to start the bareos-fd, but first we need to generate the configuration file for the bareos-fd on the bareos-server.

Adding a bareos client to the server

Since the web interface can’t be used (yet?) lets fire up bconsole. Adding the client is done like this :

configure add client name=svennd address= password=SOME_PASSWORD

This should result in something like :

*configure add client name=svennd address= password=alfa123
Exported resource file "/etc/bareos/bareos-dir-export/client/svennd/bareos-fd.d/director/bareos-dir.conf":
Director {
  Name = bareos-dir
  Password = "[md5]f7180d44d3cad452f611e2dfdfd3b007"
Created resource config file "/etc/bareos/bareos-dir.d/client/svennd.conf":
Client {
  Name = svennd
  Address =
  Password = alfa123

After that the configuration for the bareos director has been made, the only configuration that still is missing is on the client, this has been made by the bconsole, and can be found in /etc/bareos/bareos-dir-export/client/svennd/bareos-fd.d/director/bareos-dir.conf we need to copy that to /etc/bareos/bareos-fd.d/director/ on the client machine.

This can be copied using scp to the client.

scp /etc/bareos/bareos-dir-export/client/svennd/bareos-fd.d/director/bareos-dir.conf [email protected]:/etc/bareos/bareos-fd.d/director/

Then on the client you can start the filedaemon :

systemctl start bareos-fd

And that’s it, now we are ready to start creating a backup job.


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