1816: Acronis Agent Remote Installation Algorithm

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Last update: Wed, 2012-05-16 12:32

Step-by-step description of what happens when you choose to install an Acronis Agent through Acronis Management Console to a remote machine


When you choose to install an Acronis Agent on a remote machine through Acronis Management Console, the following procedure takes place:

  1. Acronis product copies two files to the Admin$ share on the remote computer (e.g. \\computer_name\Admin$):

    • msi_setup.exe
    • Acronis Agent installation file (e.g. AcronisTrueImageAgentEnterprise.msi)

    (!) By default the Admin$ share is set to C:\Windows, but it can be reconfigured to a different folder or even deleted completely. One can check whether Admin$ share exists and what folder it is set to it with the use of the net share command in the Windows Command Line interface.

  2. Then Acronis product copies acroinst.exe to the same location on the remote computer, and executes it as a service named Acronis Install Service;

  3. (!) The service is supposed to run under the user account one specified in the Remote Install Wizard. Sometimes however it fails to start under the specified account even though the correct username and password are provided. In this case one may receive The service did not start due to a logon failure (0xFFF0) or other similarly worded error message. The workaround is to manually change the Log on as setting for Acronis Install Service to Local System account and restart the service:

    • Change the Log on as setting:

      • Click Start -> Run;

      • Type in services.msc and hit Enter;

      • Right-click on Acronis Install Service and choose Properties;

      • Click the Log On tab;

      • Under Log on as choose Local System account and click OK.

    • Restart Acronis Install Service:

      • In the Service window right-click on Acronis Install Service;

      • Choose Restart in the pop-up menu.

  4. After this Acronis Install Service creates a process that runs the following command:

    msi_setup.exe /msi-db:AcronisTrueImageAgentEnterprise.msi /silent /install:TrueImageAgent /ALLUSERS:1 /PIDKEY:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"

    The *.msi file may be different depending on the product version. See Installing an Acronis Product from Command-Line.

    (!) The directory in which this command will be executed is determined by the %SystemRoot% environment variable, which by default is set to C:\Windows (just like the Admin$ share). Also, just like the Admin$ share, the %SystemRoot% environment variable can be reconfigured to a different folder. One can check what folder the %SystemRoot% environment variable is currently set to with the use of the set command in the Windows Command Line interface.

  5. After this Acronis Agent is installed.

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If Acronis Install Service is unable to run the installation command, it returns to Acronis Management Console the following error code:

System cannot find the file specified (0xFFF0)

To troubleshoot this, one will need to:

  1. Make sure that the Admin$ share exists and the following files are copied there:

    • msi_setup.exe
    • Acronis Agent installation file (e.g. AcronisTrueImageAgentEnterprise.msi)
    • acroinst.exe
  2. Make sure that Acronis Install Service is executed by checking event logs on the remote machine for service start failures;

  3. Make sure that both Admin$ and %SystemRoot% are set to the same folder (default is C:\Windows).

(!) Acronis Snap Deploy components cannot be installed onto remote computers running Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Please install the components locally on such machines.

If the remote computer runs Windows XP, the option Control panel -> Folder options -> View -> Use simple file sharing must be disabled on that computer.

If the remote computer runs Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows 2003 Server, the option Control panel -> Windows Firewall -> Exceptions -> File and Printer Sharing must be enabled on that computer.

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