CrashPlan for Small Business helps you get back to work faster by backing up and restoring your Mac computer's user and application preferences. Most applications save preferences as .plist or .pref files. These files contain customized settings for your applications such as the default homepage for your Internet browser, how often an application saves your work, or an application's default font.
This article explains how to back up and restore user and application preferences on a Mac computer.
Applications store and interact with preferences differently. We recommend you review the application's documentation for its specific preference file location. You should also test backing up and downloading preference files for the applications in your environment.
Step 1: Back up Preferences and Application Support folders
Most application and user preferences are stored under the following folders:
- /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/
To make sure these folders are backed up:
- Sign in to the Code42 console.
- Select Devices> Active.
- Select a device
- From the action menu on the Device Details page, choose Edit.
- Select the Backup tab.
- Under File Selection, add :users to the included files.
- Click Save.
Step 2: Test back up and restore
We recommend that you use a test device to test the back up and restore of each user and application preferences because applications may vary in the steps needed to successfully migrate preferences. Review the application's documentation for specific preference file locations.