Code42 is a backup agent that will back up all data on a university device under the primary owner’s profile. The backup sets can be used for restoring data to a machine, whether it has been reformatted, replaced, or compromised. This document will outline the steps needed to install, activate, and restore data to a new or existing device.

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About Code 42

Code42 Policy

Code42 is required on all University provided desktops and laptops to backup all University Business data to prevent data loss.

Who Can use Code42?

Code42 is presently licensed for full-time faculty and full-time staff only. The University mandates Code42 for proper data security practices. If a user has personal data that they wish to exclude from being backed up, a folder labeled “Personal Documents” can be found and utilized in your “Documents” folder. This folder and its contents will be ignored by Code42 when your system is being backed up.

Personal Documents folder locations:

Windows PCC:\users\username\Documents\Personal Documents\
macOS/users/username/documents/Personal Documents/

Tip

If the Personal Documents folder does not exist in your Documents folder, you can manually create it and the folder will be automatically ignored by Code42.

Is My Data Secure?

Code42 uses AES-256 encryption is used when storing your backups and can only be accessed by the Code42 account owner and administrators.

What is Backed Up?

All data found in a user profile will be backed up by Code42.

Location of User Profile:

Windows PCC:\users\UserName\
macOS/users/username/

Warning Warning

Any data not stored in the user profile will NOT be backed up by Code42. It is highly encouraged to store university business data within your user profile.

How to Install on a Windows PC

To install Code42 on your Windows PC, please follow the instructions below.

Note

Code42 is being automatically deployed to all systems owned by Faileigh Dickinson University.

Before Installing Code42, you must be logged in as the owner of the machine using your NetID Credentials.

  1. Open FDU Self Service Portal for Software on your University PC
  2. Click on Code42 Backup and then click “Install” on the right-hand side

Note

It could take several minutes for the client to make the first connection and start the first backup.

The entire process will take approximately 5-7 minutes, depending on your internet speed. Once Code42 is installed, your account is automatically provisioned in the Code42 system, and your backup will begin shortly.

How to Install on macOS

To install Code42 on your macOS device, please follow the instructions below.

Note

Code42 is being automatically deployed to all systems owned by Faileigh Dickinson University.

  1. Locate the FDU Self Service Portal in your applications folder or locating the icon on your dock
  2. Locate Code42 Backup and click “Enroll”
  1. After the package installs, you will be prompted to enter your FDU email address and then click “OK

Note

It could take several minutes for the client to make the first connection and start the first backup.

The entire process will take approximately 5-7 minutes, depending on your internet speed. Once Code42 is installed, your account is automatically provisioned in the Code42 system, and your backup will begin shortly.

How to Replace or Add a Second Device

This process is used when someone will be assigned a second device and wishes to have it backed up or if the Code42 needs to be re-installed on the same device. Because an account already exists, it cannot be provisioned automatically. It must be manually setup either to replace an existing device or create a new backup set on the second computer.

Note

In order to proceed, code42 must be installed prior to continuing, please refer back to the Install instructions for your operating system from the Code42 User Guide. A link is found at the bottom of this page.

Tip

A backup set is Code42’s way of describing the backup configuration and what files are being backed up.

  1. Click on the Code42 app in the system tray (PC) or Menu bar (macOS) and then click “Setup Device
  1. If prompted, log in to the FDU NetID Portal and proceed through the FDU single sign-on process
  2. Click “Replace Existing
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  1. Click “Start” to continue with the replace existing device process
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  1. Select the device from the list you are replacing and click “Continue
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  1. Click “Select Files” on the following window
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  1. Select and Choose which files you wish to replace by placing a checkmark next to each. When finished, click “Restore Files
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  1. The next window will allow you to select how you wish to restore your files. Make your selections and click “Go
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  1. The next window will display download progress for the restore process. You can continue forward by clicking “Continue” at the bottom
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  1. The next window Downloads the Files to your device. When the transfer is completed, click “Next
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You can close this window and continue working or you can click transfer more files and repeat the steps for additional files. This will extend the time it needs to restore.

  1. Your Transfer is now complete, click “Finish
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Verifying a Backup Instructions

If you are unsure if you have Code42 installed and backing up your system, this quick guide will help give you some comfort.

  1. Click on the Code42 icon from the system tray on Windows and the menu bar on macOS
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Code42 Icon

  1. The Progress will be displayed like in the Figure below
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Note

Depending on your backup size, this could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Code42 will continue to run and backup in the background. After the first successful backup, incremental backups will occur.

How to Manage Backups

Code42 allows you to manage your backup sets. If you would like to review your backup set, please click the support link at the top of the page to open a UTAC ticket for a Computing Services team member to work with you.

How to Restore Files

Accidentally deleted or unable to find a file? Code42 can help. Please follow the following guidelines in restoring lost or previous versions of files.

  1. Click the Code42 System Tray or macOS menu bar Icon
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Code42 Icon

  1. Left-click on the gear symbol and left-click on “Open Code42….
  1. If prompted, log in to the FDU Single sign-on Portal and proceed through the FDU DUO Multifactor authentication procedures
  2. Click “Restore Files
  3. Select the device you wish to restore from
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Note

If you have more than one backup device, please select the device from where you want to restore the file from.

  1. You can select a date range from when you wish to restore from on the right-hand side
  2. Navigate to the folder(s) and/or file(s) you wish to restore and place a check next to each one
  3. Click “Restore Files
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  1. Select how Code42 will restore your files. Click “Go” when finished
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Note

Above are the recommended options for restoring files, this will help you find them more easily.

The time it takes to restore your files will depend on how much data is being restored, available system resources, and available bandwidth.

How to Add Backup Sets

Using Code42 you can create backup sets that will back up your data to additional devices utilizing a schedule. This is useful to have immediate access to critical files in the event of data loss.

This guide is only needed if you wish to have a local backup of your data.

Note

If you schedule multiple backup sets to run at specific times and the backup sets go to the same destination, ensure that these times do not overlap. This ensures good backup performance.

  1. Click the Code42 System Tray or macOS menu bar Icon
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Code42 Icon

  1. Left-click on the gear symbol and left-click on “Open Code42….
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  1. If prompted, log in to the FDU Single Sign-on Portal and proceed through the FDU DUO Multi-factor authentication procedures
  2. From the Code42 console window, click the “Dropdown Arrow” symbol next to your device name to drop down a menu, then click “Add Backup Set…
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  • The next window will be the Add Backup Set configuration window.
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The “Add Set” button will be un-clickable until it is completely configured.

  1. Click “Rename” to label your backup set
  2. Changing Selected Files, click “Change”, and select the files and folders you wish to backup to a local destination
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  1. When finished click “Save
  2. Click “Change” to set your destination for your backup
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  1. Select your destination by clicking “Add Local Destination (usually an external hard drive) and click “Save
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  1. Click “Add Set” to finalize the setup and start backing up to a local location
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Your new back upset is finished and will begin backing up as configured.

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