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Configuring Connection Profiles

Connect to ChronoAgent or InterConneX


Connection profiles can be defined so that you can connect to remote ChronoAgents or InterConneX sharespaces. To connect to an agent remotely, you must have ChronoAgent installed on the remote machine. To connect to an InterConneX sharespace, you must have InterConneX installed on your desired device.

To have ChronoSync Express communicate with a remote computer or device (iPhone or iPad), a connection profile must be configured. A connection profile is set up within ChronoSync Express's Preferences.


To set up a connection profile, follow these steps:

Step 1. Add Connection

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From the Connections panel in ChronoSync Express’s Preferences, click on the add connection button. The edit connection button is for editing and the delete connection button is for deleting existing profiles.

Step 2. General panel opens

The General panel opens so you can provide the necessary information to connect to the ChronoAgent or InterConneX sharespace.

Step 3. Provide profile name

Provide a profile name. The profile name is what will appear in the "Connect to:" popup menu on the Synchronizer document’s Setup panel. Thus, it’s a good idea to be descriptive with the profile name so that you know which one it is when you have multiple connections listed. In this example "Mac Mini" was used since that was the computer the agent was put on.

Step 4. Choose agent

Choose which agent or sharespace to connect to. Note that only published sharespaces (i.e, those accessible to others) are available to connect to.

If an agent is not available, verify that the destination Mac is on the network and ChronoAgent is ON. Instead of selecting an agent from a destination Mac, you can enter the internet address. The internet address can be found under the "Status" Panel of ChronoAgent on the destination Mac. You would use an internet address if ChronoAgent is not available on the local network or is on another subnet of a local network.

Step 5. Provide username and password

The username and password of the agent or sharespace is required here. If these are unknown, ChronoSync Express will be unable to make that connection. The only exception to this is if the sharespace has required login settings turned OFF.

Be sure to test the connection after all settings have been defined on the connection profile.

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Step 6. Click "Next" and the Advanced panel opens

The Advanced panel presents a handful of security and connection options that you may choose. Check out ChronoSync Express's help for a description of each option.

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Step 7. Click "Next" and the Mappings panel opens

The Basic mapping mode is rather straightforward. Your local user accounts are listed on the left under "Local User Account". To the right of each account, you'll see a popup menu. These are the user accounts on the remote agent. From the popup, you need to choose the correct user account that maps to your local user account. When you've correctly mapped your user accounts, you can click the "Save" button to save your settings and close the "Mappings" panel. At this time, your connection setup is complete and you can click "Save".

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If None is selected, then the User and Group ID's will not be mapped across different computers and will remain the same. You would do this if you are maintaining a bootable backup over a network or if you do not want anyone else to access the drive on the destination Mac you are connecting to. A connection profile for InterConneX sharespaces will automatically be set to "None". User and group ID mapping is not supported.

The Advanced mapping mode should only be mapped by someone who is knowledgeable with Users, Groups, and Permissions.

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"Local-to-remote mappings" refers to the mapping that is performed when copying a file from the local machine TO the remote machine. "Remote-to-local" is the opposite. In some instances, one side of the user/group mapping may be irrelevant. For example, if you use this connection profile only for left-to-right synchronizations and the right target is your agent, you only need to define local-to-remote mappings since you will never be copying files FROM the remote target back to the local machine. It doesn't hurt to map both sides, though.

By default, ChronoSync Express tries to establish the most meaningful user/group mapping it can. For example, if the user "jdoe" exists on the local machine, it looks for another user named "jdoe" on the remote machine. If it finds it, the mapping will automatically be established. "jdoe" on each machine can be associated to different numeric IDs and ChronoSync Express will automatically handle the translation. If another user by the same name doesn't exist, ChronoSync Express then looks for a matching ID. For example, if the local user named "jdoe" has an ID of 503, CS will look for a remote user whose ID is 503. If it finds it, the mapping will be established. If that fails, the user "jdoe" will be "Not Mapped".

Entries that are not mapped are displayed in red. A summary is displayed at the bottom of each mapping list to call attention to the fact that one or more entries may not be mapped. In some cases, it is perfectly acceptable to leave certain users/groups as "Not Mapped". An example would be various "System" user accounts, such as "xgridcontroller", that may exist on one computer but not the other. This mismatch would be irrelevant if all that is being synchronized are user-level files such as those in a user's Home folder.

There is value of mapping to the "unknown" user (“_unknown” in Leopard). In macOS, "unknown" is a special user that is accessible to all user accounts. In situations where you want to backup files from one machine to another and you simply want to make those files accessible to all users on the destination machine, just map the relevant users on the source machine to "unknown" on the destination.

Step 8. Click "OK"

Click "OK" to apply your settings. You can now use this connection profile to connect to a remote computer or device.