Installing CTERA Cache Assist
  • 08 Jan 2023
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Installing CTERA Cache Assist

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You only need to download and install CTERA Cache Assist (also referred to as MacAssist) once. After installing CTERA Cache Assist, you are automatically prompted to update it when a new version is released by CTERA.

Download CTERA Cache Assist on the macOS computers that connect to a CTERA Edge Filer that is configures in Caching mode. You download CTERA Cache Assist from https://www.ctera.com/technology/ctera-macassist/.

To install CTERA Cache Assist:

  1. Double-click the CTERACacheAssist_Vx.x.pkg download.
    The download is displayed in Finder under Downloads.
    The following warning is displayed.
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  2. Click OK.
  3. Click System Preferences and in the System Preferences window click Security & Privacy.
    The following window is displayed.
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  4. In the General tab and click Open Anyway.
    The following warning is displayed. This warning can be ignored.
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  5. Click Open.
    Note

    If necessary, click the locked icon and then enter the user password.

    The Install CTERACacheAssist_Vx.x window is displayed.
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  6. Click Continue and go through the installation wizard.
    • In the Installation Type step. either click Install, which is recommended by CTERA, or click Change Install Location to install on a location that is not the default.
      If you want to change the install location, after clicking Change Install Location, select the destination you want and click Continue and then click Install.
  7. Click Close to finsih the installation and at the prompt either click Keep, to keep the installer or Move to Trash to free up the space used by the installer.
  8. In Finder select Applications and then double-click CTERA Cache Assist from the list of the applications.
    The CTERA Cache Assist window is displayed.
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  9. Make sure Enable is checked to be able to use CTERA Cache Assist.
    Note

    A property list (plist) can be used to control enabling and disabling the CacheAssist agent by an administrator without user intervention. If for any reason you need to control when CTERA Cache Assist is enabled or disabled, you can do this by changing the CAEnabled property in the plist file by running the following command to disable CTERA Cache Assist: defaults write D6PHDN9EA4.group.ctera.CacheAssist CAEnabled 0 and re-enable CTERA Cache Assist with the following command: defaults write D6PHDN9EA4.group.ctera.CacheAssist CAEnabled 1.

    To see the current status, run the following command: defaults D6PHDN9EA4.group.ctera.CacheAssist CAEnabled. When CAEnabled is 1, CTERA Cache Assist is enabled. When it is 0, CTERA Cache Assist is disabled.

  10. Optionally, click Disable Preview. For details about this feature, see Disabling Previews of Stub Files.

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