A few weeks ago we reported on the release of a beta version of the KeepVault Connector for the Apple Mac. I’ve been using it for a little while now and so thought I would do a quick walk-through.
Here is what KeepVault say about the Connector for the Mac:
KeepVault is proud to announce the open beta for KeepVault Connector for Mac OSX. The KeepVault Connector will allow Mac users to simplify the process of sync’ing files from their Mac to their WHS.
The Connector client for Mac has all of the features and simplicity as our Connector client for Windows. You can find more details on setup, requirements, and a download link in our forms (see links to our forums below).
· Automatically sync file from your Intel-based Mac to your Windows Home Server
· Automatically protect sync’d files to your KeepVault online storage account for replicated protection (requires a KeepVault subscription)
· Connector automatically watches for new and changed files
Before you download and install the Connector for the Mac, you need to have already installed and configured both the KeepVault Backup add-in for Windows Home Server, and also the KeepVault Connector add-in for Windows Home Server.
If you are not sure how to do that, you can take a look at our review and walk-through here.
The next step is to then download the beta Connector for the Mac, and you can do that from here. In my case I downloaded it on my PC as you can see, then copied it over to my Mac (not sure why I did it that why, I just did – old habits I suppose….)
Then you just run the Connector software on your Mac.
This will bring up the KeepVault Connector application, as show below. As you can see the server information and password has not yet been set.
All you have to do is click on the Change button and enter the server name of your Windows Home Server or the IP address, followed by your password. For some reason I couldn’t get it to work with the server name, but I think that was more down to my set up than the application, and the IP address worked perfectly fine. It will either say Available, which means its working, or Failed, which, surprise surprise, means it isn’t. If that happens, just try again, and confirm that your Windows Home Server is running and can be seen from the Mac.
You also need to decide if you want to sync to your Local Network Only (your Mac will only sync when connected to your home network) or from the Internet and Local (if you are away from home but connected to the Internet, this is a useful option). You will need Remote Access enabled on your Windows Home Server for this to work.
Now that I have configured that part, the next step is to decide what folders I want to sync. Just click the drop down box and then select a folder, followed by the Open button and then the Add Folder button.
Keep repeating this task until all the folders you want to sync are added, and then just sit back and wait while it syncs for you.
In case you were wondering, the version of the beta Connector shows up as 1.0 (1).
And that is it – the selected folders on the Mac are syncing.
I really like the Connector for the Mac, it is very simple and quick to install and configure, and it just works – exactly what I wanted and needed!
You can learn more about KeepVault from here, it is really worth looking at. And if you haven’t signed up yet for an account, you can get a 10% discount for being a UWHS reader. That’s a cool offer!