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Console Configuration


The Console configuration file is the simplest of all the configuration files, and in general, you should not need to change it except for the password. It simply contains the information necessary to contact the Director or Directors.

For a general discussion of configuration file and resources including the data types recognized by Bacula, please see the Configuration chapter of this manual.

The following Console Resource definition must be defined:

The Director Resource

The Director resource defines the attributes of the Director running on the network. You may have multiple Director resource specifications in a single Console configuration file. If you have more than one, you will be prompted to choose one when you start the Console program.

Start of the Director records.

Name = <name>
The director name used to select among different Directors, otherwise, this name is not used.

DIRPort = <port-number>
Specify the port to use to connect to the Director. This value will most likely already be set to the value you specified on the --with-base-port option of the ./configure command. This port must be identical to the DIRport specified in the Director resource of the Director's configuration file. The default is 9101 so this record is not normally specified.

Address = <address>
Where the address is a host name, a fully qualified domain name, or a network address used to connect to the Director.

Password = <password>
Where the password is the password needed for the Director to accept the Console connection. This password must be identical to the Password specified in the Director resource of the Director's configuration file. This record is required.

An actual example might be:

Director {
  Name = HeadMan
  address = rufus.cats.com
  password = xyz1erploit

The ConsoleFont Resource

The ConsoleFont resource is available only in the GNOME version of the console. It permits you to define the font that you want used to display in the main listing window.

Start of the ConsoleFont records.

Name = <name>
The name of the font.

Font = <Pango Font Name>
The string value given here defines the desired font. It is specified in the Pango format. For example, the default specification is:

Font = "LucidaTypewriter 9"

Thanks to Phil Stracchino for providing the code for this feature.

An different example might be:

ConsoleFont {
  Name = Default
Font = "Monospace 10"

The Console Resource

As of Bacula version 1.33 and higher, there are three different kinds of consoles, which the administrator or user can use to interact with the Director. These three kinds of consoles comprise three different security levels.

The Console resource is optional and need not be specified. However, if it is specified, you can use ACLs (Access Control Lists) in the Director's configuration file to restrict the particular console (or user) to see only information pertaining to his jobs or client machine.

The following configuration files were supplied by Phil Stracchino. For example, if we define the following in the user's bconsole.conf file (or perhaps the wx-console.conf file):

 Director {
   Name = MyDirector
   DIRport = 9101
   Address = myserver
   Password = "XXXXXXXXXXX"    # no, really.  this is not obfuscation.
 Console {
   Name = restricted-user
   Password = "UntrustedUser"

Where the Password in the Director section is deliberately incorrect, and the Console resource is given a name, in this case restricted-client. Then in the Director's bacula-dir.conf file (not directly accessible by the user), we define:

Console {
  Name = restricted-user
  Password = "UntrustedUser"
  JobACL = "Restricted Client Save"
  ClientACL = restricted-client
  StorageACL = main-storage
  ScheduleACL = *all*
  PoolACL = *all*
  FileSetACL = "Restricted Client's FileSet"
  CatalogACL = DefaultCatalog
  CommandACL = run

the user logging into the Director from his Console will get logged in as restricted-client, and he will only be able to see or access a Job with the name Restricted Client Save a Client with the name restricted-client, a Storage device main-storage, any Schedule or Pool, a FileSet named Restricted Client's File, a Catalog named DefaultCatalog, and the only command he can use in the Console is the run command. In other words, this user is rather limited in what he can see and do with Bacula.

Console Commands

For more details on running the console and its commands, please see the Bacula Console chapter of this manual.

Sample Console Configuration File

An example Console configuration file might be the following:

# Bacula Console Configuration File
Director {
  Name = HeadMan
  address = "my_machine.my_domain.com"
  Password = Console_password

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Kern Sibbald 2006-07-30