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General settings reference

Applies to:
  • CrashPlan for Small Business
  • CrashPlan PROe

Overview

The General page contains controls for basic settings related to:

  • Inbound backup configuration
  • When to consider the computer is not in use
  • CPU usage
  • Low battery options
  • Launching the menu bar (Mac) / notification area menu (Windows)
  • Changing the display language
  • Email notifications

General settings

View and change your general settings by clicking Settings in the CrashPlan app.

General Settings

Item Description
a Name for this computer Name of the computer you are currently using.
- Inbound backup from other computers - Configure...
Code42 for Enterprise only
Settings for disabling/enabling inbound backups. See Inbound Backup section for detailed list of settings.
b User is away when not active for
Windows and Mac only

Number of minutes of inactivity after which the user is considered “away”.

c When user is away, use up to

Percent of CPU to use when user is not at the computer. There are certain cases when the CrashPlan app defaults to the away setting:

  • Windows: CrashPlan relies on the notification area menu to indicate when a user is away versus present. Consequently, if you do not launch the notification area menu, CrashPlan always uses the “away” setting.
  • Linux: Linux does not have an identifier to indicate when a user is away versus present. Consequently, CrashPlan always uses the "away" setting.
d When user is present, use up to
Windows and Mac only

Percent of CPU to user when user is at computer (present).

e Stop when battery reaches
Windows and Mac only
Pause backup when remaining battery power is below this level.
f Launch menu bar
Mac only
Displays CrashPlan icon in menu bar.
f Launch notification area menu
Windows only
Displays CrashPlan icon in notification area.
g Show full file paths

Show full path (sequence of drives and folders to navigate to files) wherever filenames appear on the Backup tab.

h Language

Language in which CrashPlan is displayed. You must exit and restart the CrashPlan app before your new selection takes effect.

 

Automatic - CrashPlan displays the default language specified by your operating system.

 

CrashPlan app version 4.8 and later: When you change the language, the CrashPlan app starts logging history in the new language. Therefore, the history log might contain entries in multiple languages.

 

CrashPlan app version 4.7 and earlier: Changing the language creates a new history file. Your old history file will no longer be available, even if you switch back to the original language.

 

The CrashPlan OS X menu bar app always displays the language specified by your operating system, not the language selected in the CrashPlan app.

Backup Status and Alerts
i Delivery time

Indicates when alerts can be delivered.

j Email
Configure…
Configure settings for sending email status reports and alerts. See Email Configure section for complete details.
k Undo Changes Reset to previous settings (same effect as cancel).
l Save Apply changes.

Inbound backup from other computers

Code42 for Enterprise only

Change your inbound backup settings by clicking Configure near Inbound backup from other computers under Settings > General.

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Item Description
a Accept inbound backups

Enables or disables the option for other computers to use this computer as a backup destination. The following actions automatically enable inbound backups:

  • Starting a backup to this device from another computer on your account.
  • Enabling Accept inbound backups on this computer for an existing friend.
  • A friend enters your backup code on their device.

If you disable this setting:

  • Any existing inbound backup archives are deleted.
  • Your inbound backup code changes (if your code was previously used to allow inbound backup).
 

Selected - Allow this computer to be a backup destination.

 

Deselected - Do not allow this computer to be a backup destination.

b Backup Code Code you provide to others so that this computer can be used as a backup destination.
c Change Change the backup code. Click the Change button if you suspect your backup code is being used by unauthorized users and then share the new code with the people backing up to you.
d Perform shallow maintenance every n days

Checks the overall health of the archive and prunes versions and deleted files. This scan completes faster than the deeper maintenance.

e Perform deep maintenance every n days

Uses checksum of all data blocks to verify health of archive. This scan automatically occurs on each block silo that is able to reclaim space.

f Listen Bind address

IP address of the interface that listens for connections.

g Listen Port

The port the interface listens to for backup connections.

h Allow backup and restores to run

Always - CrashPlan is always able to receive backups and restore to other computers

i, j

Between specified times - CrashPlan accepts backups and restores only during the time range you specify. For example, you may want to run between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

k You can also choose the days of the week that you want backups and restores to run.
l Default backup archive location Shows location on file system where backup archives are stored.
m Folder Change location where backup archives are stored.
n Cancel Clear changes to this window.
o Ok Accept changes to this window.

Email configure

Change your email settings by clicking Configure near Email under Settings > General.

Email Settings

Item Description
a Send Backup Status Report every

Specify the number of days after which you want to receive your Backup Status Report. The default number of days is 7.

b Send Now Click Send Now to receive a Backup Status Report immediately.
c Warn me when not backed up after

Specify the number of consecutive days of not backing up after which you want to receive an alert. The default number of days is 3.

d Send Sample Click Send Sample to send a sample warning.
e Alert me when not backed up after

Specify the number of consecutive days of not backing up after which you want to receive an alert. The default number of days is 5.

f Send Sample Click Send Sample to send a sample alert.
g From: Email address sending status and alerts. Be sure to add this to your contact list!
h To: Email address receiving status and alerts.
i Cancel Cancels changes you made to this page.
j Ok Saves your changes.
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