60137: Acronis Backup 12.5: mass deployment and update of Agents for Windows

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Starting with Update 1, Acronis Backup 12.5 (both Standard and Advanced) provides a convenient tool for remote installation and update of Windows Agents on multiple machines.

Prepare a list of machines where Agent for Windows should be installed

Create a .csv file containing hostnames or IP addresses and access credentials, one machine per line:

 host1 user1 password1
 host2 user2 password2
 host3 user3 password3

For each of the machines, specify the credentials of an account with administrative privileges on that machine.

If a password contains a comma or a blank space, this password should be taken into quotes (for example, "pass w,ord").

For a machine which is a domain controller in an Active Directory domain, you must specify the name of that domain together with the user name. For example: MyDomain\Administrator

Mass deployment

Before you start deployment, make sure that target machines meet requirements for remote installation (see the Preparation step).
Only Agent for Windows is installed on target machines.
  1. On the Windows machine where Acronis Management Server is located, open Command Prompt and navigate to the C:\Program Files\Acronis\PyShell folder:
    cd "C:\Program Files\Acronis\PyShell"
  2. Issue:
    python site-tools\agents.py -v -a <AMS_address> -p 9877 --username <username> --password <password> -i --agents <list.csv>
     
    where <AMS_address> is the hostname or the IP address of the machine with Acronis Management Server
    <username> is the name of the Acronis Management Server user and <password> is this user's password
    <list.txt> is the file containing the list of machines where Agent for Windows should be installed

Mass update or upgrade

All components installed on the target machines will be updated. The feature is available for Windows machines only.
  1. On the Windows machine where Acronis Management Server is located, open Command Prompt and navigate to the C:\Program Files\Acronis\PyShell folder:
    cd "C:\Program Files\Acronis\PyShell"
  2. Get list of machines existing on Acronis Management Server for update:
    python site-tools\agents.py -a <AMS address> -p 9877 --username <username> --password <password> -l –-dump <dump file>
     
    where <AMS address> is the hostname or the IP address of the machine with Acronis Management Server
    <username> is the name of the Acronis Management Server user and <password> is this user's password
    <dump file> is the name and the location of the resulting dump file; if you do not specify it manually, by default, the dump file named dump_agent.csv is placed to the current working directory.
  3. Run update:
    python site-tools\agents.py -v -a <AMS address> -p 9877 --username <username> --password <password> -u --agents <list.csv>
     
    where <AMS_address> is the hostname or the IP address of the machine with Acronis Management Server
    <username> is the name of the Acronis Management Server user and <password> is this user's password
    <list.csv> is the file containing the list of machines where Agent for Windows should be updated

More information

Help:
python site-tools\agents.py --help

You can check the installation activity in the Activities tab: in the management console navigate to Overview -> Activities.

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