BackupPC on Windows

Prerequisites

  • Connected via LAN cable to the internet.
  • Your computer has to be registered

Create a user account

Create a new user with administrative privileges:

  • Open the window Computer Management by right-clicking the the windows logo at the bottom left of the screen and selecting Computer Management.
  • Expand Local Users and Groups, select Users and right-click to create a new user.
  • Set a strong password and a fitting username (eg backupPC) and set the flag Password never expires

image of the window "New User"

  • Double-click the newly created user, go to the tab Member of and add him to the group Administrators.
  • Verify that the user is member of the group Administrators.

Create a share

  • Expand Shared Folders in the window Computer Management, select Shares and create a new share.
  • Specify the folder you want to back up and add an appropriate share name.
  • Select Customize permissions and click on Custom..., remove the group Everyone and give the created user (eg backupPC) read permission to access the share.

image of the window "SharedFolder Properties"

  • Follow the installation wizard and finish the installation

Edit File sharing config

  • Search for the control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the Windows search and open it.
  • Go to Change advanced sharing settings (on the left side), expand All Networks and verify that Password protected sharing is on.

Edit firewall rules

  • Search for the wf.msc in the Windows search and open it, remember the active firewall profile and click on Inbound Rules on the left.

image of the "Windows Firewall" startpage

Edit following rules:

  • File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request - ICMPv4-IN)
  • File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request - ICMPv6-IN)
    • Double-click the rule name for your active profile.
    • Select the tab General, tick the checkbox Enabled if it is not already ticked.
    • Choose the tab Scope, select Any IP address in the option Remote IP address
    • confirm the changes by pressing OK. If the rule is active you should see a green check mark.
  • Double-click the File and Printer Sharing (SMB-IN) name for your active profile.
    • Select the tab General, tick the checkbox Enabled if it is not already ticked.
    • Choose the tab Scope, select These IP addresses in the option Remote IP address
    • add the server subnet 129.132.80.0/26
    • remove the entry Local Subnet from the list if you don't need File and Printer Sharing access from other computers.
    • confirm the changes by pressing OK. If the rule is active you should see a green check mark.

image of the "File and Printer Sharing (NB-Datagram-In)" scope tab

Change remote UAC in registry

  • Type regedit in the Windows search and run it as administrator.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Add a new "DWORD (32-bit) Value" called LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and change the value data from 0 to 1. image of the registry

Troubleshooting

  • If you are trying to connect to a Windows 7 box and smbclient fails with "protocol negotiation failed: ERRnomem", see here for a (Windows-side) solution. Details about why and how this works are on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285089

Finally register the computer with us

After you've done all the steps above, you need to send us all the relevant information.