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This tutorial explains how to adopt a computer from the administration console. To adopt a computer from the CrashPlan app, see Adopting Another Computer.
When you adopt a computer, you are telling the CrashPlan app to assume the computer ID of another device that was running the CrashPlan app. As a result, the CrashPlan app takes on the settings, backup file selection and backup archive(s) of the device that is adopted. Adopt when you've done either of the following and you do not want to re-start your backup from the beginning:
The CrashPlan app stores your computer's ID (GUID) in a text file named .identity. The .identity file containing the computer ID is preserved when you uninstall and reinstall the CrashPlan app.
In order to use the Adopt a Computer feature, the following must all be true:
If the all three conditions are not met, the Adopt a Computer feature is not available. This can occur because: