KB ID : 115208
Published : March 20, 2023
Created : March 20, 2023
Last Modified : May 30, 2023

Before you add a Mac to the BDRSuite Server/Client, check the following prerequisites.

1.User Account with Root Privileges:

Make sure the user account you specify to add the Mac has root privileges. If you add a non-root account, make sure to provide the root password.

2.User Account Credentials:

You can add the user account credentials using any of the following options:

i) Mac Account Option:

You can connect to the Mac directly using the Username and Password of the specified user account

ii) Mac Private Key Option:

You can connect to the Mac using the Identity/Pubkey authentication method.

If you have already generated public-private key pair, provide the Username, Private key, and Passphrase (if applicable) and save the Mac credentials (or) you can follow the steps below to generate the public-private key pair.

Step 1: Generate a pair of keys - a public key and a private key using the command below:

   ssh-keygen -t rsa

Step 2: Specify the location and the file name in the format .ppk to save the key.

Example: /home/key.ppk

Step 3: Enter a passphrase or leave it empty. The private key is protected with a passphrase.

Step 4: Then, the private key (.ppk) and public key (.pub) will be saved to the specified location and file.


 Your identification has been saved in /home/key.ppk

 Your public key has been saved in /home/key.ppk.pub

Step 5: Public-key must be kept in a special authorizedkeys file containing a list of public keys on the backup host. Use the command below to copy the public key and then paste it into the following file location: /var/root/.ssh/authorizedkeys.

xclip -sel clip < public key location

Example: xclip -sel clip < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

Step 6: Copy the Private Key file to the backup server using FTP tools. You now have the Public key on the Mac and the Private key on the backup server.


  • Make sure the SSH Port is open allowing remote access to the machine. The default SSH port is 22. If you run the SSH server in a different port, make sure the port is accessible.
  • BBA installed on the backup host - Mac uses port 42005 to communicate with the backup server. Make sure your firewall rules allow port 42005 to be open for communication.

4.Internet Connection

  • Make sure the backup host (Mac) has internet access.

5. Supported Operating Systems

Mac Intel Based (64-bit):

  • MacOS Mojave 10.14 & above

Mac Arm Based (64-bit):

  • MacOS BigSur 11 & above

6. System Requirements

Memory: Minimum: 2 GB

CPU: Minimum: Dual-Core Processor

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